Alexander Girard and Textile Design at Mid-Century

Date: Time: 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Home Economics Building Room: 231
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Additional Info: HECO
Contact: Rosanne Samuelson, 402-472-2911,
The exhibition “Alexander Girard and Textile Design at Mid-Century” runs May 22 through September 1, 2017. The exhibition features Girard’s designs from the department’s historic textiles collection alongside fashion of the period, to examine how trends in textile pattern, color and fiber were connected across multiple design fields and served as expressions of modernity.

The wall hangings featured in this exhibition demonstrate Girard’s commitment to this philosophy of the interior, even in a work space. Named Environmental Enrichment Panels, the department’s collection was initially purchased to decorate the new quarters of what was then Textiles, Clothing and Design when the present Home Economics building opened in 1974. These hangings were first designed for Herman Miller’s Action Office 2 (AO2) line in 1971.

For additional information, go to the gallery’s website at
Visitors may park in available visitor slots near the Home Economics Building or in metered stalls located in the Nebraska East Union lot.

Image: Background: Tootstripe by Alexander Girard, wool, 1965. Foreground: Two shifts by the Swedish label Almedahl, ca. 1965. TMFD Historic Collection.

Additional Public Info:
Free and open to the public weekdays. Closed university holidays.

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