Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum Reopens to the Public

The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University reopens to the public on Saturday, April 10 with a new exhibition, “Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy,” on view till June 26, 2021.

The “Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy” exhibition features nearly 50 Photographs by James Haefner that celebrate Michigan’s  modern architectural design history from 1928 through 2012. “We are excited to reopen to the public April 10th after being closed for over a year, states director Megan McAdow, “and with such an important exhibition that shows Michigan’s rich contribution to modern architectural design.” The photographs were produced for and featured in the book Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy by Brian D. Conway. The book was part of the Michigan Modern Project initiated by Conway at the State Historic Preservation Office that revealed and documented the significant role Michigan played in the development of modern design.

 The exhibition includes images of Michigan masterworks by modern architects such as Eliel Saarinen, Eero Saarinen, Minoru Yamasaki, Alexander Girard, George Nelson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alden B. Dow, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Marcel Breuer. The tradition of architectural innovation and excellence continued into the twenty-first century represented by photographs of buildings designed by Anderson and Anderson, Steven Sivak and Zaha Hadid.

James Haefner’s career in photography spans four decades. An accomplished automobile advertising photographer, his love of modern design drew him into architectural photography about twenty years ago. His fine arts degree allowed him to capture the designer’s intentions. “It is our hope that [this] exhibition of the beautiful color photographs found in Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy will continue to inform and inspire those that value great design in their lives and communities,” says James Haefner.

Photography by James Haefner of the Melvyn Maxwell and Sarah Smith House in Bloomfield Hills, MI by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright. (source: Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum)

A virtual exhibition will also launch April 10th and include a 360-degree virtual tour of the exhibition and a section where viewers can learn about Marshall Fredericks’s many connections and contributions to the modern architecture movement. The virtual exhibition also features additional photographs not included in the physical exhibition as well as images captured behind the scenes while on location during one of the photo shoots. To access this virtual exhibition please visit

A Virtual Artist Talk will be held Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m., with photographer James Haefner and author Brian D. Conway who will give a brief overview of the Michigan Modern book, how the text came to be, and stories behind the photographs in the exhibition. More programming will be announced later in the month. To register for the talk, and for up-to-date listings of programs and events, visit the Museum’s calendar at Virtual field trips and private guided tours of the exhibition are also available free of charge and can be scheduled by contacting the museum at 989-964-7125.

The Museum’s open hours will be Monday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. reserved for guests who are in the increased risk category. Visitors will be required to wear face masks, social distance, and provide contact information for contact tracing. Guests are also welcome to tour the Sculpture Garden at any time or schedule a private guided tour. Only groups of six or less from the same household can gather together in the Museum. A complete Museum Reopening Guide can be found at

This exhibit is made possible with grant support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Michigan Humanities.

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Photography by James Haefner of McGregor Memorial Conference Center, located on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit, MI by Architect Minoru Yamasaki.
Source: Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
Photography by James Haefner of the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, MI by Architect Eliel Saarinen. (source: Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum)
Photography by James Haefner of the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, MI by Architect Eero Saarinen. (source: Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum)