DETROIT – The College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University will host “Ruth Adler Schnee: A Life in Design” at its Detroit Center for Design + Technology (DCDT) from Nov. 4-30.
An opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the DCDT, 4219 Woodward Ave. in Detroit.
Featuring a rich selection of Adler Schnee’s stunning textiles, fabric panels, and drawings, the exhibition offers a remarkable view of her career and the finest of mid-century design.
A 2015 Kresge Eminent Artist, Adler Schnee is one of the founding figures of contemporary textile design in America. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1923, Adler Schnee’s family fled Nazi Germany and settled in Detroit. Degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art and an internship with Raymond Loewy prepared her for a career in design. But it was the 1947 recognition from a competition sponsored by the Chicago Tribune, “Better Rooms for Better Living,” featuring her abstract-patterned draperies, that launched her career as a fabric designer. With her husband, Edward Schnee, she opened a retail store in Detroit and collaborated with modern American architecture and design luminaries, including Buckminster Fuller (working on the Ford Rotunda) and Minoru Yamasaki (World Trade Center), Frank Lloyd Wright (Affleck House), Eero Saarinen, and Charles and Ray Eames.
The exhibition is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Lawrence Tech opened DCDT in September 2015 to serve as the home of the Detroit programs of LTU’s College of Architecture and Design. The building brings more opportunities to position existing programs for greater social and community impact, as well as more opportunities to engage organizations and groups working to improve the city.