Geoffrey Beene: American Ingenuity (KSU Museum Exhibit)
On Jan. 29 the Kent State University Museum will unveil a new exhibit dedicated to the career of legendary American designer Geoffrey Beene. That exhibit, “Geoffrey Beene: American Ingenuity,” will run through Aug. 30 in the museum’s Broadbent Gallery. Garments from the museum’s collection will span the entirety of Beene’s 40-year career.
Geoffrey Beene (1927–2004) was respected throughout the American fashion industry for the high technical quality of his work and his innovative, modernist designs. Although his collections were very fashionable, they avoided the trap of mere trendiness and displayed fervent originality. He took an artist’s approach to turning two-dimensional fabric into a three-dimensional shape and was considered a designer’s designer.
On Feb. 11, from 2–4 p.m., Museum Director Jean Druesedow will give a talk on Geoffrey Beene’s work, innovations and legacy, with refreshments to follow. The event will be held in the museum’s Murphy Auditorium. Tickets are $15 and may be reserved through Feb. 6 by calling 330-672-0300.
The Kent State University Museum is located at 515 Hilltop Drive, at the corner of E. Main St. and S. Lincoln St. in Kent, Ohio. The museum is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. Thursday; and noon - 4:45 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children under 18. The museum is free with a Kent State ID and free to the public on Sunday. Parking is free. For more information, call 330-672-3450 or visit www.kent.edu/museum.
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