On View

This summer, two local museums are showcasing the importance of furniture design.
PAST AND PRESENT: Examples from the Cuba Pavilion at the 1967 International and Universal Exposition will be on view at Cranbrook. Photography by Armour Landry.

Cranbrook Art Museum
A Modernist Regime: Cuban Mid-Century Design

From July 11 through Sept. 22, Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills presents A Modernist Regime: Cuban Mid-Century Design. The headlining exhibition examines the furniture created during the design movement that took place on the island during the 1960s and 1970s. In a press release, Cranbrook Art Museum Director Andrew Satake Blauvelt says: “Since Cranbrook is known around the world as an incubator of mid-century design, we are drawn to narratives of similar developments elsewhere, in this case, from the Global South. Just as designers in the U.S. interpreted the tenets of modern design, so did Cubans, although in a completely different economic, social, and cultural context.”

Accompanying the show will be a two-part presentation entitled A Modernist Regime: The Cuban Contemporary Lens (runs through Sept. 1). The exhibitions — Marco Castillo: The Hands of the Collector, which will showcase several works by the artist, and Cuba Dispersa — highlight the responses of contemporary Cuban artists, none of whom currently live in the country, on the loss of creative freedoms and the government’s campaign to suppress and control the island’s artistic community.

More information: cranbrookartmuseum.org

Currently at the MSU Broad Art Museum: tables and lighting by Zaha Hadid Design. Photography courtesy of MSU Broad Art Museum.

MSU Broad Art Museum
Seeing in 360 Degrees: The Zaha Hadid Design Collection

Running through August 2026, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is featuring the works of the late and iconic architect and designer Zaha Hadid and her namesake studio, Zaha Hadid Design, in its latest exhibition, Seeing in 360 Degrees.

Innovative and experimental, Hadid’s beloved creations often challenged the conventional. After launching her groundbreaking architectural practice, Zaha Hadid Architects, in the late 1970s, she went on to introduce Zaha Hadid Design in 2006 — a studio that employed her imaginative design philosophies to furniture, home goods, clothing, and accessories. Hadid became known for reimagining these day-to-day objects and, as a result, she created extraordinary works of art, which today are the subject of the exhibition.

“I’m thrilled that the Zaha Hadid Design collection is available to our many audiences at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University,” says Rachel Winter, assistant curator at the MSU Broad Art Museum. “Zaha Hadid’s work demonstrates the power of research, as well as some of the most cutting-edge and innovative design work thus far. I hope this collection inspires visitors of all ages to think more about design in our daily life.”

More information: broadmuseum.msu.edu

Text by Giuseppa Nadrowski.