Special Exhibitions

Paul McCobb exhibition logoIn the Temp Gallery inside the Johnson County Museum

PAUL MCCOBB... the greatest American Designer you didn't know you knew!
May 22, 2021 - January 7, 2022

Paul McCobb was a Mid-Century designer of furniture and furnishings. His products were priced for the middle-class, quality yet mass produced, and sold at galleries and department stores across the country. McCobb produced everything from furniture to china, curtains to carpets, tiles to lamps. The Paul McCobb: America’s Designer exhibition is comprised almost entirely of pieces from a local collection. If you like Mid-Century Modern style, this will be your exhibit. 

Exhibit opens May 22, and runs through January 7, 2022.

Rising-to-the-Challenge-short-no-violatorIn the Creative Commons Upstairs Gallery

Rising to the Challenge: Suburban Strength in Difficult Times

The COVID-19 pandemic is a historic event unlike anything most Johnson Countians have experienced. Although the time of COVID-19 seems unique, Johnson Countians have faced other periods of great difficulty. Armed conflicts like the Civil War, World Wars, and Vietnam. Natural disasters such as the 1951 flood, tornadoes, and droughts. Economic downturns from the Great Depression to the 2008 recession. And yes, periods of widespread disease like the “Great Influenza” of 1918. What unites these challenging times is Johnson Countians’ ability to persevere. Rising to the Challenge: Suburban Stength in Difficult Times highlights how Johnson Countians have responded to challenging times in the past. We hope this unique temporary exhibit serves as a source of inspiration, guidance, and strength as Johnson Countians again seek to rise to the challenge.