Welcome Back

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 UMN buildings. Please check back for updates.

Visit our Activities From Home webpage to find ways you can connect with the museum virtually.

HGA Gallery

Say It Loud
September 20, 2021 — January 30, 2022
HGA Gallery, Rapson Hall
Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 7, 2021, 5:00–7:00 PM


Curated by New York-based architect Pascale Sablan FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, SAY IT LOUD elevates the work of BIPOC and women designers working in built environment fields. This juried exhibition features participants from the region where it travels to. Sablan, founder and executive director of Beyond the Built Environment, strives to increase representation in the field of design, which is quintessential to a mission that includes “…engaging community through architecture to advocate equitable, reflectively diverse environments.”

Pascale Sablan headshot
Walkman music devide with a pair of wired headphones attached
Gallery 241

Totally Radical: Designing the 1980s
October 22, 2021 — January 9, 2022
Gallery 241, McNeal Hall
Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 5:00–7:00 PM


Totally Radical: Designing the 1980s, which draws on all areas of GMD’s permanent collection, looks at design through the fractured lens of postmodernism. Like today, the 1980s were fertile ground for nostalgic consumerism, mixing iconic elements of our collective past with present ideals. Whether your recollection of the past sides more with luxe styles or dystopic futures, the 1980s was a highly mediated era of extremes.

Traveling Exhibition

Dutch Complex Housing

Dutch Complex Housing explores a special form of multi-family dwelling developed in the Netherlands. The exhibition profiles eight visually rich structures designed to incorporate a variety of non-housing functions, housing types, and income levels in diverse communities. In the Netherlands, where housing is a right, complex housing emerged to make the best use of public infrastructure and provide a diversity of lifestyles and incomes in dense urban settings. Can this innovative type of housing be replicated elsewhere?

This exhibition of innovative housing is available to venues as a printable file with all panels, installation instructions, and a press-release template for $500. Contact Lin Nelson-Mayson at lnelsonm@umn.edu to book.

Dutch Complex Housing Traveling Exhibition