Alexander Girard (1907–1993 in Santa Fe) was one of the most important and prolific designers of the 20th century. He created stunning interiors for restaurants, private homes, corporate offices, and even airplanes! He created textiles, typography, and tableware. He designed exhibitions, toys, and a whole city street in Columbus, Indiana. Inspired by folk art and pop art, Girard created a bold, colorful, charismatic universe. He warmed up modernism with his whimsical, optimistic patterns and designs.
This exhibition, organized by Vitra Design Museum, presents the colorful universe of Alexander Girard through more than 400 objects—textiles, drawings, furniture, graphics, film, and folk art—in a richly layered installation and accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. Exhibition visitors will experience one of his best-known interiors—that of the 1957 Miller House in Columbus, Indiana—through a full-scale replica of its iconic conversation pit, which will be a place for repose and public programs.
We look forward to welcoming you to the wonderful world of Girard this fall.
This exhibition is organized by the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany. The global sponsors for the exhibition are Herman Miller and Maharam.
The Palm Springs Art Museum’s presentation is organized by Brooke Hodge, Director of Architecture and Design, with generous support from Trina Turk and Joan & Gary Gand.
Additional support is provided by Ellen Donaldson, Vicki & Bill Hood, Robert D. Kleinschmidt, and Robert Kohl & Clark Pellett.
Exhibition Season Sponsors: David Kaplan & Glenn Ostergaard, the Brautigam-Kaplan Foundation, the Herman & Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation, the Mary Ingebrand-Pohlad Foundation, and Yvonne & Steve Maloney.