Curator Talk: Collecting Modern Design and the Legacy of George R. Kravis II

March 30, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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George R. Kravis II (1938–2018) was a renowned collector of industrial design and founder of the Kravis Design Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a collector, Kravis was particularly drawn to everyday objects such as furniture, dinnerware, radios, and clocks, all which exemplify the practical beauty of well-designed, but overlooked, consumer goods.

Join us for a presentation by curator David A. Hanks, who has served as the Curator of the Kravis Design Center since 2008 and worked closely with George R. Kravis II to develop his amazing collection. Hanks is an expert in the field of twentieth century international design and previously held curatorial positions at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

“[Kravis’s] real enjoyment was sharing his collection with others,” says Hanks. During his lifetime Kravis donated hundreds of objects to the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. A selection of objects from the Kravis Collection are on view now in GRAM’s exhibition A Decade at the Center: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions.