Photos by House Industries courtesy of The Henry Ford; Buzz Lightyear courtesy of The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn has a few new reasons to visit, especially if you’re into art and design.
Through September, The Henry Ford is offering visitors an inside look at the design agency that has worked with and branded everything from The New Yorker to John Mayer in House Industries: A Type of Learning.
House Industries is known throughout the world for its eclectic fonts and far-reaching creative exploits. While guests might not recognize the name, they have seen House Industries' fonts in movie titles, magazines, video games, album covers and even cereal boxes. House Industries has worked with a wide range of brands, including Jimmy Kimmel, Hermès, Muji, the estate of Charles and Ray Eames, Uniqlo and Heath Ceramics.
The exhibit is a physical representation of the creative process, so expect an experience for all five senses. House Industries shows how childhood interests in drawing led to creative fonts that help the world communicate; how hot-rods and punk rock reinforced a hands-on approach to problem solving; and how personal interests can inspire innovation. Significant historical artifacts pair with House Industries' design work to demonstrate how different objects and experiences can pave the way for anyone's creative path.
This exhibit is a celebration of House's method of design-thinking and encourages viewers to be curious about their own curiosity, leaving them with an intoxicating sense of endless possibility.
Starting in October of 2017, The Henry Ford will launch The Science Behind Pixar, a unique look into the Pixar process. Explore the science and technology of the most beloved animated films and their characters. This interactive exhibition showcases STEM concepts (science, technology, engineering and math) that artists and computer scientists use to help bring Pixar's award-winning films to a big screen near you. This exhibit hold more than 40 interactive elements, and eight sections each focus on a step in the film-making process to give you an unparalleled view of the production process and concepts used at Pixar every day. You will have the chance to participate in fun, hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studios' production teams, and even come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E. This exhibit ends on March 18, 2018.
The Henry Ford also has an exciting permanent exhibit coming in September of 2017–Mathematica. Once you drop into the Mathematica matrix, you will sense math all around you. The Henry Ford has activated the kinetic and rigorously playful exhibition, created by groundbreaking designers Charles and Ray Eames. Mathematica is just as wonder-inspiring now as it was in the 1960s. Novices and prodigies will make new connections, from the conceptual to the aesthetic.
Bubbles that seem impossible, ball bearings that mimic orbiting planets and a machine that renders probability theory as visible awaken the relationship between math and the everyday world.