Michael Graves: Five Decades of Architecture, Art and Design

Michael graves: five decades of architecture, art and design
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Michael Graves

It’s hard not to marvel at the multifaceted arc of Michael Graves‘ 50-year career – and three events this fall will enable his followers to do exactly that.

One is a retrospective called “Past as Prologue,” opening this Saturday at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J. It’s a tour through seminal architecture and product design, and reflects the evolution of Graves’ core principles.

“There are 2,000 objects, some from Target and JC Penney, and a few paintings in that show,” he says. “There are some very early things in it too.”

Then, on Saturday, Nov. 22, The Architectural League of New York will be organizing an academic symposium in his honor at Parsons The New School for Design. The day-long event will offer three panel discussions, with luminaries from the worlds of architecture, design and business discussing his five decades of design. []