Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe opens a door to his creative universe and shows his close relationships with contemporaries such as Charles & Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Andy Warhol, Rudi Gernreich, and many others. Featured are Girard’s designs in textiles, furniture, and sculptures, as well as numerous sketches, drawings, and collages never shown before.
Girard was also a pivotal figure in the history of the Museum of International Folk Art, donating more than 100,000 objects from his and his wife Susan’s folk art collection, and in 1981 creating the museum’s long-term, beloved exhibition Multiple Visions. Girard’s playful designs attest to a passion for colors, ornamentation, and inspirations from folk art.
Coinciding with this traveling retrospective, the Museum of International Folk Art will enhance the visitor experience of its Girard collection exhibition, Multiple Visions, through interpretive and interactive elements designed for the 21st century.
"Girard is a local hero of sorts,” said Khristaan Villela, Director of MOIFA. “His designs had an impact on local facilities such as the Compound Restaurant and St. John’s College.
“The exhibition and public programs will illuminate the relationship of folk art to modernism and design,” Villela said. “Georgia O’Keeffe and Alexander Girard were great friends and shared the spare, modernist aesthetic which defined their respective practices.”