Events

Upcoming Events:

IMoDD’s Unforgettable Dinnerware On-Line Lecture Series

  
Left: Marion Dorn (1896-1964), Horse Show cloth by Simtex, 1950s, Cotton blend, set with Russel Wright for Sterling China, 1950s.
Right: Ruth Reeves (1892-1966), Guatemalan-inspired Lavista cloth, circa 1935, set with Frankoma Pottery; the Woodland Moss glaze indicates production in the 1960s or 70s.

Setting the Standard for Setting the Table: Modern Women Textile Designers.  

The fourth presentation in our Unforgettable Dinnerware virtual lecture series
Lindsay Pracht and Gregory Spinner
June 8, 2022, 6:30 pm Eastern Time

Two collectors of modern dinnerware share some of their favorite tablecloths, featuring designs by Marguerita Mergentime, Ruth Reeves, Marion Dorn, Dororthy Liebes, and Mary Wright. These women, working at the top tier of industrial design during the first half of the 20th century, brought modern sensibilities to a deep appreciation of traditional textile arts. Pracht and Spinner will weave together biographical and historical information with vivid photos of colorful tablescapes.

Lindsay Pracht is an art historian turned corporate communication executive. She collects the designs of Russel and Mary Wright, and likes to squint when she walks by locations of long-lost New York City restaurants to imagine what dining there was like.

Gregory Spinner teaches at Skidmore College, where he has curated exhibitions at the Frances Young Tang Museum. He collects a variety of mid-century modern dinnerware, which he complements with vintage textiles and fresh-from-the-garden home cooking. 

You may register for the free virtual presentation here, and we will send you a link the afternoon of the event.  The link to join the event will also be posted at the Ann Arbor District Library website (https://aadl.org/events/) about 15 minutes before the event.
 
If you are interested in vintage tablecloths, you might be interested in https://vintagetableclothloversclub.com/.

Recent Events:

IMoDD’s Unforgettable Dinnerware On-Line Lecture Series

Photo by Maggie Hamilton

The Unforgettable Dinnerware of Julia Galloway, with a focus on her endangered species series.

Potter and educator Julia Galloway presents the third presentation in our Unforgettable Dinnerware virtual lecture series, virtually from Montana
May 11, 2022  6:30 p.m. Eastern Time

A virtual visit to Julia Galloway’s studio where the potter will share through conversation and demonstration how she makes dinnerware from beginning to end. This includes idea development and research, things to consider when designing dinnerware, the making process and surface decoration. There will be a live question and answer period at the end of the presentation.  Currently Julia’s pottery is inspired by the growing list of endangered species in the United States.

A video of this event is available on YouTube.


courtesy TalismanPHOTO

Eva Zeisel: an unforgettable designer, an unforgettable life
presented by Jean Zeisel Richards as part of the IMoDD Unforgettable Dinnerware lecture series

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Jean Richards, Eva’s daughter, in a conversation with collector Scott Vermillion, will describe Eva’s life and career, its highlights and low points (such as 16 months in a Stalinist prison), and what it was like growing up with this remarkable, adventurous woman, who believed that everyone can appreciate beauty, and aimed to give it to them. Part of the International Museum of Dinnerware Design’s “Unforgettable Dinnerware” lecture series hosted by the Ann Arbor District Library.

A video of this event is available on YouTube.  This version has been updated to include the introduction.


Unforgettable Dinnerware: a behind-the-scenes tour of the International Museum of Dinnerware Design with museum curator Margaret Carney

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

Curator Margaret Carney will share a few stories about pieces in the museum’s collection during this inaugural presentation in the museum’s on-line lecture series.  Be prepared to be bedazzled by some special dinnerware sets and witness unique design solutions to the question of what utensils to use when dining with the Queen or at Dairy Queen.  While you won’t learn any etiquette during this presentation, you will learn why you might want a Geiger Counter at your dining table.  Upcoming sessions will invite you to visit private collections, learn about dinnerware designers and contemporary artists, and hear from researchers and authors on major potteries and Mid-Century Modern dinnerware.