Lecture

Design [R]evolutions: Art Deco to Streamline


In the rush toward modernity after the 1925 Paris Exposition, architectural and domestic metalwork gained prominence in the public eye, exemplifying the "art deco" mode. Using examples from Cooper-Hewitt's collection, curator and art historian Jewel Stern will examine the stylistic transition in metalwork during the late 1920s and 1930s, from the exuberance of the Jazz Age through the Depression, reflecting a new sober aesthetic associated with "streamlining" and a modern classicism.
Art Deco, design revolutions, morse, Lecture, jewel stern

Cooper-Hewitt: 2009 Teen Design Fair with Tim Gunn


New York City teens were invited to learn about careers from over thirty professionals working in the fields of fashion, industrial, multi-media and graphic design as well as architecture. Design colleges from around the country were on hand to provide admission and financial aid information. Tim Gunn, members of the cast of Project Runway, and designers from Google, Nike, Gensler, 2x4, SHoP Architects, and more participated in the Teen Design Fair. The event took place during National Design Week, October 1924, 2009.
2009, Teen Fair, New York City, NYC, Tim Gunn, education, Lecture, Teens, youth, event, long, public program

Cooper-Hewitt: How and Why Things Work - Keynote, Ellen Lupton


Curator Ellen Lupton uses concrete examples to discuss how designed objects and environments affect human behavior. Through objects from the past and present, she demonstrates how good design can solve everyday problems.
How Things Work, Ellen Lupton, curator, contemporary design, objects, product design, solving problems, keynote, talk, Lecture, long, public program

Cooper-Hewitt: Richard Campanella at City of Neighborhoods 2008


Richard Campanella tracks the physical geography, historical development, and population of New Orleans from colonial times to after Hurricane Katrina.
City of Neighborhoods, 2008, Richard Campanella, geographer, Tulane, New Orleans, history, physical geography, development, population, Hurricane Katrina, civic engagement, Lecture, talk, long, public program

Design [R]evolutions: Places for Paintings and Paintings for Places


It is difficult to believe that the works of art we now see in museums were originally intended for display someplace else. The inaugural speaker for Desigh [R]evolutions, Dr. Nicholas Penny will discuss where several famous paintings now in public galleries were originally intended to hang, and how lighting, heigh, wall color, frames, and the functions of rooms exerted a decisive influence on the artists who painted them.
Design [R]evolutions, Lecture, Enid and Lester Historic Design Lecture series, Dr. Nicholas Penny, paintings, galleries history, talk, long, public program

Design [R]evolutions: False Bottoms and Secret Compartments


In the second of the Enid and Lester Morse Historic Design lecture series, Dr. Carolyn Sargentson will be lecturing on the theme of secrecy in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Paris, looking at the role of locksmiths in protecting the affairs of the heart, the home, and of politics, and revealing some of their strategies for developing the perfect high-performance lock. Our use of keys, whether unlocking a building or a computer, is second nature, yet we rarely think about the technical challenges involved in concealing the best-kept secrets of the past.
Design [R}evolutions, Lecture, Enid and Lester Historic Design Lecture series, Dr. Carolyn Sargentson, secrecy in 17th- and 18th century Paris, locks, keys, secret compartments, talk, long, public program

John Maeda from the Adobe Museum of Digital Media


John Maeda talks about Neue Craft
John Maeda, RISD, Adobe, Museum of Digital Media, digital media, Lecture, technology, developments, content, migration

CCA to Launch an Interaction Design Program


I was in San Francisco last week to meet old friends from IDEO and Stanford, and while there I was privileged to give the inaugural lecture for the new Interaction Design Program at CCA (California College of the Arts).
California College of the Arts, CCA, Interaction Design, program, new, San Francisco, Bill Moggridge, Lecture, Kristian Simsarian, chair, digital, need

Fashioning Felt


Fashioning Felt opens next week. The exhibition explores the varied new uses of felt in a range of fields, including product design, fashion, architecture, and home furnishings.
Fashioning Felt, Exhibition, felt, uses, range, product design, fashion, Architecture, home furnishings, Lecture, Claudy Jongstra, Kathryn Walter, video