Enhancing the teaching and research activities of the Department of Design, the UC Davis Design Museum explores how design shapes, improves and makes economically viable the objects, technology and environments we use, inhabit and experience every day.
The UC Davis Design Museum is a founding adopter of the Green Museums Accord. The Accord is a set of five principles that propel museums to become environmental leaders, and is administered by the California Association of Museums and the Green Museums Initiative.
Paul W. Hollingshead (1896–1974) studied at the New York Institute of Photography in 1922 and worked for Edward Steichen taking high fashion photos for Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines. In 1928, he returned to California and settled in Woodland in 1932. Upon his death he left an archive of photos to his sons Bill and Edward Hollingshead that document changes covering five decades. Experimenting with lighting, background, props, and poses, the photographs capture evolving styles in clothing and fashion as well as the sitter’s preferences from dashing movie star glamour shots to warm, friendly family photos. Fashions and accessories from the UC Davis Design Collection will be paired with these period photographs bringing them to life with tangible artifacts.
This annual installation, timed to coincide with the university’s Picnic Day, is a lively survey of undergraduate student talent and creativity that reflects themulti-disciplinary breadth of the Department of Design.
Working with renowned design faculty, Master of Fine Arts students explore the broader topic of “Design” through specific design disciplines, drawing oncollaborations with the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences. This exhibition showcases the candidates’ final research and creative projects.