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Russel Wright: Living with Good Design

Widely regarded as one of America’s preeminent industrial designers, Russel Wright (1904-1976) was a household name in the 1940s and ’50s. A quarter billion pieces of his American Modern dinnerware line were sold between 1939 and 1959, making it the most widely produced line of its kind in history. Wright’s designs and concepts for a new, relaxed style of living transformed the lifestyles of a generation of Americans following World War II.

Russel Wright: Living with Good Design was the first comprehensive exhibition of designer Russel Wright’s work to be shown outside of New York state. Living with Good Design shed new light on Wright’s career and fostered an understanding and appreciation for Wright’s lasting contributions to present day lifestyles.

Russel Wright: Living with Good Design toured from May 2006 – April 2008 to the following museums and galleries across the United States:

  • Decorative Arts Center of Ohio (Lancaster, Ohio)
  • Columbus Museum of Art and Design (Columbus, Indiana)
  • Newcomb Gallery, Tulane University (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Palm Springs Art Museum (Palm Springs, California)
  • Bellevue Arts Museum (Bellevue, Washington)
  • The Goldstein Museum of Design at the University of Minnesota (St. Paul, Minnesota)

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Partners and Supporters

This exhibition and its national tour were organized by Arts Midwest and the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. The national tour was supported by Target, with additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, as part of the American Masterpieces program, and the Ohio Arts Council.