Gallery Talk focuses on Hudson’s Department Store

Photo from the collection of Tim Caldwell The Aztec Window display featured women’s fashions during J.L. Hudson’s 60th Jubilee year in 1941.

Photo from the collection of Tim Caldwell
The Aztec Window display featured women’s fashions during J.L. Hudson’s 60th Jubilee year in 1941.

 

‘Hudson’s Historic Windows To The Past’ exhibit at Padzieski Gallery through Aug. 4

DEARBORN – The Padzieski Art Gallery has collaborated with local artists and collectors to present an exhibition that invites viewers to experience the history and the glory days of Detroit’s iconic J.L. Hudson Department Store through photographs and memorabilia.

“Hudson’s Historic Windows To The Past” features rare photos of the store’s famous window displays from the 1900s into the 1960s. The exhibition runs through Aug. 4 with a free Art & Appetizers Gallery Talk and presentation at 6 p.m. July 26.

Photo from the collection of Tim Caldwell A pamphlet from the 1960s shows J.L. Hudson’s expansion to the suburbs.

Photo from the collection of Tim Caldwell
A pamphlet from the 1960s shows J.L. Hudson’s expansion to the suburbs.

Artists and collectors Paul Balog and Timothy Caldwell have teamed up with Detroit historian and author Michael Hauser to share images of the downtown Detroit Hudson’s historic window displays, as well as other important memorabilia and unique items from their collections, to present a fascinating look at life from the past. J.L. Hudson’s was founded in 1881; the company’s iconic building stood on Woodward Avenue until 1998.

Hudson’s- and Detroit-themed refreshments will be served at the Gallery Talk as history buffs and the simply curious share stories and information on the importance of Hudson’s to the local community, southeast Michigan and the world.

Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. The gallery also will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. July 29. The gallery is in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.

For more information, call 313-943-3095 or click here.