Special Exhibitions

Ancient/Modern: The Design of Everyday Things
June 27–August 31, 2014


Not all of the items we use in our daily life were invented in our lifetime. Many have long and rich histories. Some have remained unchanged over thousands of years. The exhibition "Ancient/Modern: The Design of Everyday Things" will seek to introduce visitors to the concept that artifacts have existed for longer than they imagine, serving the needs of humans for millennia. In some cases, the concept from long ago proved so useful there was little need to improve its design. In others, the need remained, but the form was altered extensively. A selection from the Kelsey Museum collections will demonstrate these notions of change and tradition as they are compared and contrasted with their modern counterparts.