The Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD)

Student studying costume history in Goldstein Museum of Design

The Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD) is dedicated to sharing the value of design through its 34,000+ multidisciplinary objects. As an academic teaching museum, we are committed to advancing learning for students as well as the greater community.

GMD is excited to welcome you back on site! We are currently working with UMN Facilities to establish public building hours for both HGA Gallery, located in Rapson Hall on the Minneapolis Campus, and Gallery 241, located in McNeal Hall on the Saint Paul Campus. UMN ID holders continue to have access to UMN buildings. Please check back for updates.

Featured Object

Elenhank Designs, Inc.: Bold and Beautiful Screen Prints

  • Wood's Edge, 1974
  • by Elenhank Designers, Inc.
  • screenprint on cotton linen
  • Gift of Dorothy E.A. Ramsland

In 1948 the successful husband and wife team of Henry Kluck and artist Eleanor Kluck merged their nicknames to name their textile screen printing company “Elenhank.” At that time they announced: “We are concerned with meeting the fabric and design requirements of contemporary architects and interior designers, and with introducing a new vocabulary of fabric expressions.” Their designs evolved from abstract repeat patterns in the early years to designs inspired by nature, but very stylized, in the 1960s and 1970s.

The shimmering Elenhank screen print “Wood’s Edge” from the 1970s epitomizes these later, nature-inspired designs. The special beauty in this exhilarating impression of autumn woods at the peak of color change is that it goes beyond how those woods look, to reminding us how we feel when we gaze upon them.

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Elenhank Designs, Inc.: Bold and Beautiful Screen Prints

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General operating support generously provided by:

Minnesota State Arts Board, Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment, Art Works, National Endowment for the Arts, RBC
All GMD programming is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operation Support Grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.