Gregg Museum of art & design

Southern Roots of Mid-Century Modern

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August 19 – December 18, 2010

Reception: September 9, 2010 | 6–8pm


By the mid-20th century modern design had begun sweeping the nation, as architects and product designers redefined what “good design” was and began reinterpreting what homes and objects might look like. Although already well established in big urban centers like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, a number of major designers broke the norm in the late 1940s when they decided to join visionary educator/architect Henry Kamphoefner in the unlikely design hub of Raleigh, North Carolina. Here some of the greatest creative minds of the period found themselves teaching or lecturing at the newly formed School of Design at NC State University. In Southern Roots of Mid-Century Modern, the Gregg presents excellent examples of modernist furniture, clothing, paintings, housewares and architecture in the context of a modernist home, while revealing how modern design made its way into North Carolina. The exhibition includes work by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen, Buckminster Fuller, Matthew Nowicki, Joe Cox, George Bireline, George Nakashima, Grete Jalk, Russel Wright, Christian Dior and many others.




TMH Modern TourTMH Modern 2010: Modernist Houses from the 1950’s to Today

Saturday, September 25, 1-4:30 pm

Want to be in on a big secret? The Triangle area of North Carolina has the third largest concentration of modernist houses in America! In fact, only Los Angeles and Chicago have more modernist dwellings than we do.


And here’s a rare opportunity to see them for yourself: Tickets are now on sale for the Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) 2010 Modern Home Tour. The tour features visits to eight modernist houses and one iconic modernist office.


TMH has agreed to make a donation to the Gregg Museum for every ticket sold through the purchase of tickets via this page: Triangle Modernist Houses.


As a tour sponsor, the Gregg encourages you to join with us in experiencing some of the area’s best architecture and construction. Take advantage of this exceptional chance to wander through some of the nation’s hippest private homes!



More images will be added soon, along with information about lectures, special events and local partnerships.