« Return to news

Henry Ford Museum acquires entirety of Michael Graves' design collection, now on display

February 5, 2020 | In the Press

From Detroit Free Press (https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2020/02/05/michael-graves-exhibit-now-display-henry-ford-museum/4671371002/)

The work of renowned American architect Michael Graves is on display at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, the museum announced this morning.

The museum plans to use Graves’ product design archive, which consists of finished products, prototypes and samples, for permanent and temporary exhibitions, according to a release from Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

“I can’t imagine a better home for our archive than The Henry Ford,” said Ben Wintner, managing principal of Michael Graves Design. “From our timeless, iconic product designs with Alessi to our Design for All program with Target, Michael Graves products uniquely exemplify The Henry Ford’s mission. We’re thrilled to have this partnership.”

Graves’ designs, including more than 2,500 artifacts, will be part of The Henry Ford permanent collection, according to the statement.

Graves, who died in 2015 in Princeton, New Jersey, was a member of the famed group of architectures dubbed the New York Five. Graves became a household name after the release of his products at major department stores like Target, Alessi and JC Penney.

Connect with us
Our mission

The mission of ARCS is to represent and promote registrars and collection specialists, to educate the profession in best practices of registration and collections care, and to facilitate communication and networking.

Learn more about ARCS »