Theodore Nierenberg: Photographs from His World Travels at the Bruce Musuem

Theodore Nierenberg (1923–2009) was a prominent industrial designer and photographer. An engineer by training, Nierenberg – along with his wife, Martha — founded Dansk International Designs in 1954, a business best known for tableware and house-wares of a distinctive Scandinavian Modern style. The company was started in the couple’s garage in Great Neck, NY, after a trip to Europe during which they became interested in the work of foreign industrial designers. Dansk went on to operate for many years afterward from its headquarters in Mount Kisco, NY. After directing the company for more than thirty years, the Nierenbergs sold it in 1985, allowing Ted to concentrate on his many hobbies, which included most notably gardening, photography and traveling.

Theodore Nierenberg (1923 – 2009) Guatemala, back of young girl’s head, red head wrap Photograph, 15.25”H x 20”W, Gift of Martha Nierenberg, Bruce Museum Collection, 2014

Theodore Nierenberg (1923 – 2009)
Guatemala, back of young girl’s head, red head wrap
Photograph, 15.25”H x 20”W, Gift of Martha Nierenberg, Bruce Museum Collection, 2014

Having studied with many well-known photographers including Magnum photojournalist Ernst Haas, Nierenberg became an accomplished photographer. Over the years, he amassed a vast body of work, focusing mainly on two subjects: his garden estate and portraits of indigenous peoples taken during his extensive travels around the world.

A book of photographs by Mr. Nierenberg — The Beckoning Path –was published in 1993, and documented Mr. Nierenberg’s woodland garden, widely considered to be among the finest gardens in the Westchester/Fairfield area. Theodore Nierenberg: Photographs from His World Travels opens August 1 and runs through November 29.

The Bruce Museum is a museum of art and science and is located at One Museum Drive in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students up to 22 years, $6 for seniors and free for members and children less than five years. Individual admission is free on Tuesday. Free on-site parking is available and the Museum is accessible to individuals with disabilities. For additional information, call the Bruce Museum at (203) 869-0376 or visit the website at https://brucemuseum.org/. For area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

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