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TEXTILE PLAY: The Magnificent Eye of Alexander Girard

Opening Reception: Friday, January 27, 5:30-7:30 pm, Free Admission

Alexander Girard was one of the most meaningful textile designers and interior architects of the 20th Century. He had a gifted eye for both the extraordinary and the little details of the world.

As the manager of the Material and Textile Department at Herman Miller, the American-Italian designer created more than 300 different graphic designs in 20 years. Every one of his designs expresses Girard's affection for strong colors and abstract forms. His textile designs range from brightly colored, floral elements to monochromatic patterns – always including a playful element. Seemingly simple stripes, circles, and triangles became wonderful patterns – and their influence is still felt today.

This exhibition features Girard textiles, furniture, and books from Herman Miller’s archives and private collections. The pieces, along with stories about Girard’s design process, celebrate his vision for using “everyday” shapes and objects, strong colors, and elements from pop art and folk art to create a rich, playful world that continues to be his lasting legacy.

Sponsored by: The Herman Miller Cares Foundation, Claudia & John Berry, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

TEXTILE PLAY: The Magnificent Eye of Alexander Girard
  • Times:  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • January 27, 2017 to March 24, 2017
  • Saugatuck Center for the Arts
  • Free
  • Recurring every week day