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MSU Department of Art to Host Session on Local Modernist Architecture

MSU Department of Art to Host Session on Local Modernist Architecture

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Sep 18, 2012

EAST LANSING, MI - If you are interested in or have information about modernist architecture (1940-1970) in East Lansing, please join this community discussion led by Dr. Susan J. Bandes, Professor in the Department of Art | Art History | Design at Michigan State University.  In collaboration with the East Lansing Public Library and the State Historic Preservation Office, MSU students are contributing to a statewide inventory (michiganmodern.org). Come learn about the project.

Long overlooked, Michigan’s significant and dynamic design history in the post-World War II period is now being recognized across the state. Eero Sarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Minor Yamasaki are among the many internationally known architects and designers who left their mark not only in the state but in mid-Michigan as well. Michigan Modern, a project of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), is focused on documenting Michigan’s rich design heritage from 1940 to 1970.

Now the project has come to East Lansing. Dr. Susan J. Bandes, together with students in her fall art history course on Michigan Modern, will inventory modernist residences, commercial and religious buildings. Students will research architects and builders as well as their clients in an effort to document, discover and call attention to the area’s design history. The resulting information will contribute to SHPO’s ongoing project and will be added to their website, Michiganmodern.org. Additionally, the students will develop walking and driving tours that highlight spectacular examples of local modernist architecture. At the conclusion of the project, a documentary photography exhibition will be on view at the MSU Museum from May through July 2013.

The students are seeking documentary resources as well as stories from people who commissioned and lived in modernist East Lansing houses or are familiar with local houses of the period.  A community information session, held in collaboration with the East Lansing Public Library, is scheduled for September 25th at 5PM at the East Lansing Public Library.  We invite those interested in the project or who have information on modernist houses in the local region to join us!

For additional information and to contribute to this effort, please contact Susan J. Bandes, bandes@msu.edu,517-884-2901, Department of Art | Art History | Design.