This past Spring before the Triennial opened, we taught an interdisciplinary graduate-level course offered to MA students in Cooper-Hewitt’s Decorative Arts and Design History program and MFA students in the School of Visual Arts new Design Criticism program.

Using the National Design Triennial, Why Design Now?, we introduced key issues associated with curating design exhibitions for the general public, focusing on the conception and development of the show, as well as the special work that goes into preparing an exhibition of this subject and scale.

As one of their assignments, the students wrote a blog post inspired by the themes and objects in the Triennial. Over the next two weeks we’ll post a selection of these blog posts here to expand the dialogue raised in the show, highlight other projects and ideas, and, well, just to show off the work of the incredible students we had the good fortune to teach, and learn from.

We hope you enjoy it.

Matilda McQuaid and Andrea Lipps
Triennial Curatorial Team

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