Visits and Discoveries

Seattle, WA: Seattle Public Library

Visit:  we met with Bo Kinney in the Archives

They have complete archives of the Koolhaus architecture, as well as previous building archives. Drawings, models, committee notes.

They also have some archives on local architects, including architectural...

Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Digital Content Library

Visit: We met with Rebecca Moss, who is in charge of the digital content library for the school of liberal arts, and also Inga ?, who handled the same for the school of architecture and design. They are both Visual Resource curators.

Most of their archival holdings are images. Began...

Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center Library

Visit: We met with Jill Vuchetich, the Walker Archivist.  The Walker does not actually collect any design, but their first director was an architect, Dan Deffenbacher, and very interested in using the museum as an educational tool. The Walker was a WPA project, and education...

Northfield, MN: Carlton College

Visit: We met with Victoria Morse, literature professor, and Heidi Eyestone, from the library.

They run a project which is Mellon funded, Visuality across the curriculum. Enhanching teacing with the visual.

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Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis College of Art & Design

Visit: We met with Kevin Byrne, Design faculty, and long time colleague. Kevin was a part of GDEA in the early days, and has known Johan for  many years.

Kevin did an exhibition on Rob Roy Kelly just after his...

Plano, IL: Farnsworth House

Visit: Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House is a Mecca for Modernists. We have visited twice, and were fortunate each time to have an almost-private showing, lead by the Center's Director, who is knowledgable and still...

Chicago, IL: Morningstar

Visit: We met with Philip Burton, who is on our Advisory Board. Another old colleague, and friend of Armin and Dorothea Hofmann.

He took us on a tour of the wonderful new Morningstar building. It is an amazing array of well-designed furnishings, lighting, signage,...

Chicago, IL: Art Institute of Chicago

Visit: Met with Zoe Ryan, Design Curator for the AIC. They have about 250,000 objects in the Architecture and Design department, of which about 600-700 are specifically design from the 1980+ period.

The Department of Architecture became the Dept of Architecture and...

Chicago, IL: Thirst Design

Visit: This design firm is headed by Rick Valicenti. He was unable to meet us, but left us in the good hands of Bud Rodecker and his colleague, who talked with us about Chicago area design, as well as their own archives.

They have an extensive archive, which is...

Chicago, IL: Illinois Institute of Technology /Design Archives

Visit: We met with Catherine Bruck, the Archivist. She arrived in 1998 and realized immediately that the Institute of Design archives needed attention. She began cataloging, and it is now completed. – both the old “founding colletions” files, and the new ones that were...

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