Ellen Lupton: Design is Art That People Use: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Ellen Lupton: Design is Art That People Use

Design is Art That People Use
Artist Talks
6 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Wed October 24, 2018
6 PM


Harris Hall
1881 Sheridan Rd
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Inspired by the exhibition "Up Is Down", Ellen Lupton, Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), will address the evolving relationship between artistic experimentation and commercial design.

In the 1950s and '60s, the Goldsholl design firm’s creative experiments with light and media found their ways to lucrative commercials and patents. Lupton will consider this history of design innovation, and the state of experimentation and design today; focusing on the commercials and projects that artists create for the ubiquitous digital screens around us. Thinking about how rapid digital culture blurs the boundaries of art and commerce this program consider our new era of design experimentation and address how current designers shape not only what, but how we see.

Co-sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Presented by The Block Museum of Art in conjunction with Art Design Chicago and in partnership with the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University and Medill IMC (Integrated Marketing Communications), Northwestern University

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu