Staff -- Interior Design, 1/28/2003 12:00:00 AM
The Columbus College of Art & Design is presenting now through March 21 an exhibition titled 'Tupperware Party: Past, Present, Future,' an exhibition that explores and celebrates the Tupperware design as functional art.
The exhibit is located in the Canzani Center Acock Gallery of the CCAD and includes more than 50 years worth of Tupperware designs and memorabilia. A wide range of products, including Wonderlier Bowls, Bell Tumblers, Jel-Ring Molds and designs produces in limited quantity and only represented in museum collections, are displayed in real-world settings designed for the gallery. Kitchen cupboards and table settings show the designs in the context of their use while the gallery space showcases their cultural and artistic attributes.
Design sketches, recipe cards, photographs, How-to-Sell guides and other promotional materials have been provided by the Smithsonian archives as part of the exhibition.
"Industrial design was generally underrepresented in our exhibitions programs," said Natalie Marsh, director of exhibitions. "When CCAD alumnus Scott Miller approached me about participating in our visiting artist program, his enthusiasm for his work inspired me to think bigger. My research showed that Tupperware is generally represented in exhibitions that explore industrial design or American culture, but the product and its place in Americana is seldom the main focus of a show; I saw a fascinating and fun educational opportunity."
Miller is also a former industrial designer for Tupperware.
The Canzani Center is located in downtown Columbus, OH.
For information about the exhibit, visit www.ccad.edu or call 614-224-9101.