We probably have heard the term “unsung hero”. Well the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA) is about to open an exhibition on just that.
This Thursday, SJMA will be presenting the touring exhibition Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things. It is a highlight of thirty-six modern objects, each telling the story of their inventions, through patent drawings, historical information, and vintage advertisements. It is a enlivenment of an innovative and boldly colored exhibition design, where the objects are clustered in oversized shadow boxes, creating a scenario unto itself.
And the featured items, happen to be the one that are used everyday, including the coffee filters, paperclips, coat hangers, and the Band-Aid. They are the items that were designed to be both efficient and economical, and display a testament to the accomplishment of industrial designers, who approached the tools of modern life, with the keen sense of design elegance, thus bringing new ease to the everyday lives.
The Hidden Heroes exhibition is on view until February 2nd, and SJMA is only one of two venues in the United States to feature this exhibition. It has already traveled through Europe, exhibiting in places including the Vitra Design Museum in Germany to the Science Museum in London. SJMA’s website at www.sjmusart.org also features a interactive online version of the exhibition, courtesy of the Vitra Design Museum, as well as any other information, including schedules for related events.