Alexander Girard


My visit to the Girard Collection at the Museum of International Folk Art was like a pilgrimage to a spiritual home. This is the most playful art exhibit on earth. I can't begin to explain its impact. It is too much to take in during one visit.

Girard was a buddy of my fantasy dinner party guests, Charles and Rae Eames. I may have to invite him next time I revise the guest list!

The only thing missing from this incredible collection of toys, miniatures, and textiles is kites. This is surprising since Girard was a designer for Braniff Airlines during its Calder plane phase. Flying toys must have been in his radar screen.

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