Vera Scarves exhibition at Goldstein

The Goldstein Museum of Design has two exhibition spaces, the Goldstein Gallery in McNeal Hall on the St. Paul Campus, and the HGA Gallery in Rapson Hall on the East Bank. Support design, visit our current exhibitions!

Goldstein Gallery

Solar Flair: Dressing for the Sun

June 30 – September 30, 2023

Goldstein Gallery, McNeal Hall

Tu-Sat, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Closed Sunday & Monday


We block the sun…we soak up the sun. Our fickle relationship with sunlight is based on cultural mores and individual preference. This exhibition explores garments and accessories worn to protect and cool throughout the 20th and into the 21st century. Objects from the Goldstein Museum of Design’s collection will be used to explore commonly accepted associations between travel and sunlight, the varied and cultural acceptability of showing skin, and a brief history of fiber and design technologies that have guided changing perceptions of how we dress for the sun. 

Yellow sun scarf
Collage of global landmarks.
HGA Gallery

World’s Fair: An American Tradition in Architecture and Urbanism Innovation
Opening Summer 2023!
HGA Gallery, Rapson Hall
M-Th, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
F, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Closed Saturday & Sunday


Expos and World’s Fairs have long been part of America’s tradition of innovation and ingenuity, serving as a platform for experimental work in the field of architecture and urbanism, while simultaneously providing settings to exhibit and test avant-garde ideas. This exhibition showcases exemplary World’s Fair sites that characterize the emergence of new paradigms for architecture and city design, thereby enabling the evolution and progression of many design fields.

Google Arts & Culture

Printing Popular Culture

Unlikely Couples: Reading Similarities Across the Collection


The Goldstein Museum of Design has two online exhibitions available through Google Arts & Culture, Printing Popular Culture and Unlikely Couples: Reading Similarities Across the Collection. You can also browse over 150 objects from the GMD collection. We are proud to be the first University of Minnesota museum featured on Google Arts & Culture and expand our mission and reach to audiences across the world. Stay tuned for future online exhibitions!

Google Arts and Culture site preview with black and white illustrations of Goldstein Museum of Design pieces.
John Carmody
John Carmody: A Life in Sustainability

Virtual Exhibition
John Carmody: A Life in Sustainability


Curatorial Team:
Tom Fisher, Director, Minnesota Design Center
Richard Graves, AIA, Director and Associate Professor, Center for Sustainable Building Research
Daniel Handeen, Lecturer, Research Fellow, Center for Sustainable Building Research
Kerry Harp, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador
Frank Edgerton Martin, MSLA
William Weber, Lecturer, School of Architecture


This exhibition, originally presented at the HGA Gallery in Fall 2022, looks back at the influential life of John Carmody, founding director for the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) at the University of Minnesota. John Carmody - A Life in Sustainability celebrates his remarkable 40+ year career as an environmental activist and systems designer who brought actionable solutions to complex problems. His journey to enrich humankind's spiritual connection with Earth inspires the responsible stewardship that CSBR, and many others, continue to work on today.