Art Break | Mingei International Museum

Join Signe Mayfield, author of The Object in Its Place: Ted Cohen & The Art of Exhibition Design, for an image-based presentation on Cohen’s work during his 60-year career as a self-taught museum exhibition designer. In honor of his generous gift of timeless folk art objects—200 of which are featured in the Museum’s concurrent exhibition GLOBAL SPIRIT—Mingei International Museum published The Object in Its Place as an important visual sourcebook in association with the Oakland Museum of California and Museum of Art and Design in San Francisco. The Preface features Mingei exhibitions and objects seen in GLOBAL SPIRIT.

When most people remember an exhibition, they recall its objects—not the spaces between, its color or architectural details. In this sense, exhibition design is a silent art, never to be cherished over the artworks or collections on display. Yet it is crucial in engaging the viewer to spur thought, tell a story, and much more.

Additional slides feature Cohen’s installations of private collections and his own apartment with its ‘more-is-more’ aesthetic. It was his hope that the book would inspire individuals to enter the field of exhibition design or to come away with insights and lessons applicable to their own unique spaces.

A book signing by Mayfield follows in the Museum’s Art Library. With 172-pages and 200 color images, the publication cements the legacy of the late Oakland-based Ted Cohen (1928-2019) as a brilliant museum exhibition designer, inspirational teacher, innovative curator and avid collector.

Art Break is Mingei's new monthly lunchtime lecture series where attendees can hear from curators, museum educators, artists and scholars while enjoying their midday snack.

Free with price of admission | Free for members | Space is limited.

Ticket includes access to the Gallery Level, Terraces and Art Library.


Shannon Foley

Please Note

Masks are required for all guests (ages 2+) inside the Museum, regardless of vaccination status.