Tours of Make-Believe America Current Exhibition: Make-Believe America Cold War Crash Course: Cultural Politics Lecture by Juliette Stapanian Apkarian Are You a MODA Member? Registration for campMODA is Open On You: Wearing Technology Let’s Talk About Sex: An Evening with Ti Chang littleBits Circuitry Workshops for Kids 3D Printing from Minecraft

Tours of Make-Believe America

Join us as our staff and docents lead you on an engaging and interactive tour of MODA's current exhibition Make-Believe America: U.S. Cultural Exhibitions in the Cold War. These tours are complimentary with regular admission to MODA, but advanced registration is required as space is limited. Please click on a link below to reserve your space:

Thursday, April 14, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Thursday, April 21, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Thursday, April 28, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Thursday, May 12, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 26, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

If you have any questions please contact Clare Timmerman by phone at 404-856-5964 or by email at ctimmerman@museumofdesign.org

Current Exhibition: Make-Believe America

One of the goals of U.S. cultural diplomacy during the Cold War (1947-1991) was to win hearts and minds overseas so as to reduce the influence of communist ideology. U.S. participation in cultural exhibitions worldwide was an important way in which this goal was achieved.

Our newest exhibition, Make Believe America: U.S.. Cultural Exhibitions in the Cold War, demonstrates how American self-representation at cultural exhibitions evolved from the 1950s to 1970s.

The exhibition also examines the crucial role played by designers in giving form and substance to political and cultural ideas prioritized by U.S. policymakers and in communicating America’s story to audiences in foreign countries.

Make Believe America was curated by Andrew J. Wulf, Ph.D., Executive Director of the New Mexico History Museum.

Cold War Crash Course: Cultural Politics Lecture by Juliette Stapanian Apkarian

June 7, 2016

Join us on June 7th as Emory University’s Juliette Stapanian Apkarian, Associate Professor of Russian and Eastern European Studies, discusses complex relationships between the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. during the Cold War. Dr. Apkarian will examine the role of cultural exchanges with focus on the context and legacy of the 1959 American National Exhibition in Moscow, a dynamic display of visual culture, commercial production, and technological advancement.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. The discussion will include a Q + A, so come prepared with questions! Your ticket will include admission to the design conversation, as well as admission into the current exhibition, Make Believe America.

Grab a ticket now as space is limited. Tickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for members!

Are You a MODA Member?

Join now! And MODA memberships make great holiday gifts as well!

Get free admission to MODA exhibitions for a year and join a community of people who believe that design can make the world a better place.

Registration for campMODA is Open

Kids who attend campMODA design cool stuff! They learn to use Design Thinking in connection with science, technology, engineering, and math skills to solve real world problems. It’s tons of fun!

MODA is pleased to offer the following camps in summer 2016:

  • Designing with Minecraft for 5-7 Year Olds
  • Designing with  Minecraft for 8-12 Year Olds
  • Astrophotography for 10-14 Year Olds
  • Wearable Technology for 12-14 Year Olds
  • Making with WeDos, little Bits, & Legos for 5-7 Year Olds
  • LEGO Robotics with NXT for 8-12 Year Olds


For locations, times and dates, click here. Space is limited, so register early.

On You: Wearing Technology

June 26 - October 2, 2016

Wearable technology is in the press daily. Why now?

While the basic technology has existed for decades, only recently have these devices become practical and desirable. Using consumer, professional, and “maker” devices, this exhibit demonstrates four challenges along the road to making a consumer wearable computer: power and heat, networking, mobile input, and displays.

This exhibition was developed in collaboration with various Georgia Tech entities, including the School of Industrial Design, the Institute for People and Technology, the Wearable Computing Center and GVU Center.


Exhibition Credits:

Clint Zeagler - Curator / Designer; Thad Starner - Curator; Kevin Shankwiler - Designer; Yoni Kaplan - Designer; Tavenner M. Hall - Images

Let’s Talk About Sex: An Evening with Ti Chang

Friday, June 10, 2016

Grab a date ( or don’t!) and enjoy a provocative evening at MODA with Ti Chang, founder of  Crave www.lovecrave.com), a company that designs and manufactures luxurious adult toys for women that double as beautiful pieces of jewelry.

In a fascinating and distinctly 21st-century design conversation, Chang — who is a native Atlantan and a graduate of Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial Design — will discuss how her interests in sexuality, femininity, and social change led her to found Crave and how the very design of Crave’s products helps dispel the shame and stigma often associated with sex.

Grab your tickets for this stimulating conversation about design, sex, user experience, aesthetics, technology, and the surprising ways that designers are changing the world!

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members, which include admission to the design conversation and complimentary adult beverages. You must be 21 years or older to attend this event.

Register by clicking here. Seats are limited.

littleBits Circuitry Workshops for Kids

littleBits are color-coded “Bits modules” that snap together magnetically to make it easy for children to learn about electronics while building simple circuits and inventive projects in seconds.

In our littleBits Circuitry classes, children ages 8-12 will build electric circuits and use them to bring animate animals they've created or superhero gadgets they've designed.

For more information or registration, click here.

3D Printing from Minecraft

In our 3D printing from Minecraft classes, kids ages 8-15 take their gaming skills to the next level as they design structures in Minecraft that can be printed on one of our 3D Printers (due to print times, items will be ready for pick-up within a few days).

In these workshops, students will:

  • become familiar with a basic 3d design software
  • learn how to design an object by manipulating basic shapes, symbols and texts
  • learn about 3D printing, its materials, and processes

  • Click here to browse classes and for registration.
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    Tours of Make-Believe America

    Join us as our staff and docents lead you on an engaging and interactive tour of MODA’s current exhibition Make-Believe America: U.S. Cultural Exhibitions in the Cold War. These tours are complimentary with regular admission to MODA, but advanced registration is required as space is limited. Please click on a link below to reserve your space:

    Thursday, April 14, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

    Thursday, April 21, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

    Thursday, April 28, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

    Thursday, May 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

    Thursday, May 12, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

    Thursday, May 26, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

    If you have any questions please contact Clare Timmerman by phone at 404-856-5964 or by email at ctimmerman@museumofdesign.org

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    Current Exhibition: Make-Believe America

    One of the goals of U.S. cultural diplomacy during the Cold War (1947-1991) was to win hearts and minds overseas so as to reduce the influence of communist ideology. U.S. participation in cultural exhibitions worldwide was an important way in which this goal was achieved.

    Our newest exhibition, Make Believe America: U.S.. Cultural Exhibitions in the Cold War, demonstrates how American self-representation at cultural exhibitions evolved from the 1950s to 1970s.

    The exhibition also examines the crucial role played by designers in giving form and substance to political and cultural ideas prioritized by U.S. policymakers and in communicating America’s story to audiences in foreign countries.

    Make Believe America was curated by Andrew J. Wulf, Ph.D., Executive Director of the New Mexico History Museum.

    More>>

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    Cold War Crash Course: Cultural Politics Lecture by Juliette Stapanian Apkarian

    Join us on June 7th as Emory University’s Juliette Stapanian Apkarian, Associate Professor of Russian and Eastern European Studies, discusses complex relationships between the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. during the Cold War. Dr. Apkarian will examine the role of cultural exchanges with focus on the context and legacy of the 1959 American National Exhibition in Moscow, a dynamic display of visual culture, commercial production, and technological advancement.

    Doors open at 7 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. The discussion will include a Q + A, so come prepared with questions! Your ticket will include admission to the design conversation, as well as admission into the current exhibition, Make Believe America.

    Grab a ticket now as space is limited. Tickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for members! More>>

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    Are You a MODA Member?

    Join now! And MODA memberships make great holiday gifts as well!

    Get free admission to MODA exhibitions for a year and join a community of people who believe that design can make the world a better place.

    More>>