The College of Architecture’s Kruger Gallery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has opened two new miniature exhibitions, “Occupying Space: The Planes and the Textile” and “Reduction and Multiplicity: Everyday Objects in Miniature.”
“Occupying Space: The Planes and the Textile” includes designed miniature settings created by the winners of the 2014-15 third-year interior design studio competition led by adjunct professors Lisa Collingsworth and Becky Rea. Following the competition’s objective, students analyzed the relationship between residential furniture and contained backgrounds in an abstract and creative way. Using this analysis, they developed a design with two geometric planes and a textile, or graphic pattern, all derived as an interpretation of their historic miniature furniture object in some way.
One competition winner, Julia Freeburg, used a miniature Gothic Revival Side Chair and the “height and light” of the Gothic cathedral to inspire her design in a manner “similar to the grand entryway in the modern household. Just as the viewer’s gaze is drawn upward when entering the Gothic cathedral, the Gothic Revival Side Chair sits above the ground plane. Glass rods in the box create shadows and allow light into the space, mimicking stained glass windows from the Gothic cathedral,” Freeburg explained. The other competition winners are Nicki Ahlschwede, Taylor Hiemer, Allison Pilmaier and Hailee Shackelford.
“Reduction and Multiplicity: Everyday Objects in Miniature” is a study of collecting. Why does a collector accumulate so many similar objects? What is the purpose of collecting utilitarian objects that are rendered without utility once they are created in miniature form? After viewing the exhibition, it is Curator DiAnna Hemsath’s, hope, the visitor will leave with an appreciation of the craft and fragile beauty of a miniature. This appreciation fed a passion in Eloise Kruger, which led her to spend a lifetime collecting the miniatures that make up the bulk of the Kruger Collection. The exhibition includes miniature accessories from the collection that are not often seen including glassware, serving ware, mirrors and clocks.
The Kruger Gallery, located on the first floor of Architecture Hall, is open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no admission charge. The exhibitions will run throughout the school year. For more information go to http://krugercollection.unl.edu.