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Current Exhibitions:

Travel Dining

A Special Exhibition
at Gifts of Art Gallery, Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan
Taubman Health Center North 3 D Gallery
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48109
September 6 – December 2, 2022, 8 am – 8 pm
med.umich.edu/goa/exhibits.htm | 734.936.ARTS(2787)

The pandemic has reminded us, perhaps more than ever before, about how special travel is – exploring new places, meeting new people, and that includes dining with others during these adventures. This special exhibition explores travel dining by airplane, train, steam ship, carferry, and even space ship. Visitors may become nostalgic for the now defunct airlines Pan Am Airlines when they view dinnerware, menus, and even a vintage toy airplane.  What was it like to have tea on the Queen Mary while reclining on a deck chair? Remember the dining cars on the Streamliner trains?  Re-imagine enjoying the journey with your family on the carferry across Lake Michigan while aboard  the S.S. Badger. Visualize Captain Picard having tea on the Star Ship Enterprise…

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A Perfect Pairing of Cookbooks and Dinnerware

June 30 – September 29, 2022
Audubon Room, Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan
co-curated by Archivist Juli McLoone and Margaret Carney

Come see what’s cooking when historical cookbooks from the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive at the University of Michigan Library are perfectly paired with delicious dinnerware selections from IMoDD.  A dozen selections from each stellar collection have been paired by University of Michigan archivist Juli McLoone and IMoDD curator Margaret Carney, for a feast for your eyes.

Link to On-line Catalogue


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Upcoming Events:

IMoDD’s Unforgettable Dinnerware On-Line Lecture Series – Fall 2022

IMoDD is pleased to announce the Fall 2022 schedule for our Unforgettable Dinnerware on-line lecture series.  More information is available on our Events page.


Wednesday October 12, 2022, 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Living with Plastics:  the promise of mid-20th century melamine dinnerware

Christopher Geoffrey McPherson

An overview of melamine dinnerware from 1939 through the 1960s.

Christopher McPherson is a professional writer/journalist, whose passion for melamine dinnerware led to the creation of the website plasticliving.com.


Wednesday November 9, 2022, 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time

A Place at the Table:  Heath Ceramics and the Legacy of Edith Heath

Julie Muñis

Merging handcrafting techniques with industrial production, Edith Heath helped pioneer a new era for American dinnerware. Her inventive approach to production and design allowed Heath Ceramics to produce tableware that reflected California’s unique landscape and lifestyle. Still in operation nearly 20 years after her death, Heath Ceramics continues to be a leader and innovator, creating coveted ceramic dinnerware and tile for design-forward consumers. Heath Ceramic’s Archivist and Curator Julie Muñiz explores this legacy through historic images and photos from the company’s archive, as well as shares her insights into the Heath Ceramic collection at IMoDD.    

Julie Muñiz is the Archivist and Curator of the Heath Historical Collection. 


Wednesday December 14, 2022, 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Saenger Porcelain

Peter Saenger

The Saenger Porcelain tabletop designs grew organically from the designer’s exploration of the ceramic casting process. He will cover highlights of the journey during his studio presentation.

Peter and Peg Saenger have sustained a marriage and a very small scale ceramic design and production studio since the Nixon administration.  Their work has been widely collected from the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California to the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek: the Next Generation. 


Here is a sneak preview about IMoDD, in case you are not that familiar with what we have to offer.  This YouTube video was recorded in April 2021, and inspired the Unforgettable Dinnerware series.


 

Visit our Viktor Schreckengost Gallery

Featuring design drawings donated by the Schreckengost family.

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Virtual Exhibition opening December 21, 2021

We invited you to show us your wedding china.  See what we received, along with some of our favorites from the IMoDD permanent collection.

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Virtual Exhibition opening December 8, 2021

The International Museum of Dinnerware Design is getting out the special holiday dishes this year.

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Diving into the Tantalizing Well of the Sea

an article by IMoDD Director Margaret Carney’s appeared in The Chicago FoodCultura Clarion, Issue 4, November 2021.

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Colorful California Dinnerware

A special exhibition at Gifts of Art Gallery, Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan, Taubman Health Center North 3D Gallery
September 7 – December 3, 2021

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Breakfast
IMoDD’s Fourth Biennial Invitational and Juried Exhibition recently closed, but you can still experience it through the online catalogue …

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The International Museum of Dinnerware Design was established in 2012 with the knowledge that dining is a shared experience that can bridge together different communities.  We support all those standing up against the historic inequality and institutionalized racism experienced in the Black community. In solidarity, IMoDD, its board, and its staff continue to amplify equity, diversity, and inclusion and call our community to action with us in this commitment to change.

 

The International Museum of Dinnerware Design was established in 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We are a charitable 501(c)(3) organization holding pop-up exhibitions until we get a bricks and mortar facility. The International Museum of Dinnerware Design has a curated collection of over 9000 objects. 

The International Museum of Dinnerware Design celebrates a significant aspect of our daily lives. The permanent collection features international dinnerware from ancient to futuristic times; created from ceramic, glass, plastic, metal, lacquer, fiber, paper, wood and more.

The collection and related special exhibitions reveal a refreshing approach – featuring masterpieces of the tabletop genre created by contemporary artists, as well as notable historic dinnerware by the leading designers for industry, juxtaposed with an uncommon focus on non-functional fine art that references dining and a bit of kitsch thrown in for good measure.

Here’s the only museum in the world devoted exclusively to dinnerware, making new memories for every visitor. The Ann Arbor-based IMoDD brings enough dinnerware to each special exhibition to whet your appetite.

IMoDD, through its collections, exhibitions and educational programming, provides a window on our material culture, norms and attitudes towards food and dining. A delight for collectors, foodies, and visitors worldwide, IMoDD has been described as creating a dream museum one place setting at a time.