Groundbreaking in its analysis of contemporary Western European design, European Design Since 1985 focuses on the everyday. Objects surround us, they help us do most everything. And, designers help make them more functional. While not the central thesis of the exhibition, functionality is at its essence. Political tension, post modern ideals, and more also play a role in the narrative.
The final leg of the exhibition opens on October 9, 2010, at the Milwaukee Art Museum. It runs to January 9, 2011.
I saw European Design Since 1985 in its initial installation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It is fantastic.
After the jump, you can watch a video – featuring my friend and graduate school classmate Melissa Buchanan – about the installation. (Some terrific images follow as well).