“I felt very strongly that the exhibition design should reflect the human experience of the war—the dirt and mud of the trenches, the discomfort. I wanted to provoke an emotional response from the viewers,” says Richard Miltner, The Wolfsonian’s exhibition designer.
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Painting, drawing, film, history, women’s lives, narrative, animation, live action, verse, wordplay—all come together in the compelling, clever, meticulously detailed videos created by renowned artist Mary Reid Kelley with her collaborator and partner, Patrick Kelley.
On January 30 The Wolfsonian screens the film Heart of Humanity (1918), kicking off a First World War–themed film series that runs monthly through March. The films were chosen and will be introduced by Francis X. Luca, the museum’s chief librarian. Wings (1927) will be shown on February 27. Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919) and She Goes to War (1929) are scheduled for March 27.
The week of Art Basel Miami Beach can be a bit of a blur, with months’ worth of tantalizing must-sees but only days available to squeeze in as much as possible.
The Wolfsonian is pleased to announce new staff and promotions and welcome back returning staff. As we head into 2015, we are joined by a new communications manager, Meg Floryan; Michael Hughes, longtime former Wolfsonian employee, has rejoined the museum as development director; and Maria C. Trujillo in the education department received a promotion and is now our educational programs coordinator.
The exterior of The Wolfsonian is sporting a new look—pink and gray jagged stripes, zigzags, circles, starbursts, and other geometric shapes along the lower portion of the building’s façade and south-facing side. While the colorful geometric pattern may appear playful, it is inspired by the dazzle camouflage technique used on warships by Britain and the United States during the First World War; the unusual pink-and-gray color palette was used in the Second World War.
It was a student’s skepticism that led Michael Golec to one of his ongoing areas of research. Golec, a 2014 Wolfsonian research fellow, spent much of October at the museum exploring the visual culture and visual communication techniques of the New Deal’s Rural Electrification Administration (REA) from 1935 to 1945. The REA was established to encourage rural Americans to modernize with electricity. Golec, a professor in the history of design at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is writing a series of journal articles and a book on these and related topics.
If you can never have enough flowers, then it stands to reason that you can never have enough vases. And even if the above is not true, Valentine’s Day is on the horizon and therefore you may just be in need of a vase. Fortunately, The Wolfsonian Museum Shop has a stock of one-of-a-kind, handmade vases designed by industrial designer and glassblower Tony Wurman and produced by his studio, Wunderworks Design.