Nov 1, 2011

George Nelson at the Bellevue Arts Museum

George Nelson American National Exhibition, Moscow, 1959

Design lovers, this one's for you.

Now through February 12, 2012, the Bellevue Arts Museum shines the spotlight on one of the seminal figures in American Modernism with the exhibition,"George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher."

"Featuring more than 220 objects, including furniture, lamps, clocks, graphic works, architectural models, films, prints and a full-scale partial reconstruction of the 1959 American National Exhibition in Moscow, this retrospective renders a comprehensive portrait of Nelson and his many activities, acknowledging his prominent position in the world of design over nearly four decades." -BAM website

From Left: George Nelson, Bubble Lamps, c. 1952; George Nelson, Pretzel Armchair, Sammlung Vitra Design Museum

This retrospective was compiled by the Vitra Design Museum in 2008 to celebrate the year George Nelson would have turned 100 years old, and the BAM is the first museum in the Pacific Northwest to host the exhibition. Bravo to the BAM--we would love even more design-related exhibits to come to the Northwest from now on!

From Left: George Nelson Ball Clock, 1948;
George Nelson, Marshmallow Sofa, 1956

All Images from Vitra Design Museum Archiv, courtesy Bellevue Arts Museum

Important dates:

Nov. 3: Curator Talk: Jochen Eisenbrand, Curator of George Nelson exhibition, 5pm to 6pm. This event is currently sold out, empty seats will be released just before the event.

Nov. 4: Free First Friday Lecture: Cristina de Almeida lectures on George Nelson, 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Nov. 17: A Night with Nelson, 5:30pm-8pm

Nov. 20:
The Way I See It: Artist Tours at BAM featuring Amy Masgai discussing George Nelson, 2pm-3pm

Nov. 29:
George Nelson tour with BAM Curator Nora Atkinson, 11:30am to 12pm

Dec. 18:
The Way I See It: Artist Tours at BAM featuring Keith Miller and Beth Marie Miller discussing George Nelson, 2pm to 3pm

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