Exhibit on Celebrated Industrial Designer to Open

He was the most prominent industrial designer of the 20th century. Images from the career of Raymond Loewy, whose firms created everything from lipsticks to locomotives, are the subject of a new exhibit at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture.

“Raymond Loewy: Designs for a Consumer Culture,” opens with a lecture by Glenn Porter, an expert on Loewy’s work and the curator of the exhibit, at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5 in the college’s first floor gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

Loewy was a celebrated industrial designer from the 1930s to the 1970s and appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1949. He spent more than 50 years streamlining and modernizing silverware and fountain pens, supermarkets and department stores. Among his best-known designs are several automobiles for Studebaker, including the Avanti sports car, and corporate logos for Nabisco, Exxon, Shell Oil and the U.S. Postal Service.

"This exhibit illustrates the importance of industrial design in our daily lives," said Stephen James, Gallery Curator for the college. "UH is a leader in this field and offers the only industrial design program in Texas and surrounding states.”

The UH exhibit features a collection of images and information not previously available to researchers or the public such as original drawings, models, products, advertisements, photographs and rare film footage of Loewy at work.

"Raymond Loewy: Designs for a Consumer Culture" will be on view through March 20.

"Raymond Loewy: Designs for a Consumer Culture" is organized by the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. The exhibition is made possible by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts and is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.

For high resolution images, contact Marisa Ramirez, 713-743-8152 or mrcannon@uh.edu.

WHAT: "Raymond Loewy: Designs for a Consumer Culture"
WHEN: 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5
Exhibit on view through March 20,
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
WHERE: College of Architecture, gallery (first floor)
For directions and parking information, visit www.uh.edu/campus_map/buildings/ARC.php.
WHO: Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture