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Design Conversation: Ellen Lupton

Doors: 6:30 p.m. | Conversation 7 p.m.

Join MODA and Portfolio Center on Tuesday, August 2 for a Design Conversation with Ellen Lupton. Together with Lupton, we’ll explore the design thinking behind her recent work at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, where she organized the exhibitions “Beautiful Users” (now on show at MODA), “Beauty” (2016), and “Designing Sensation” (opening in 2018). These projects explore design and human experience, examining crucial ways designers engage people’s bodies and emotions.

In this talk, the audience will participate in acts of perception, interpretation, and storytelling. How do people interact physically with objects? How do vision and language influence taste and smell? What does a Nina Simone song taste like? What makes the shower scene in Hitchcock’s Psycho seem so violent? How does color represent taste and smell? Lupton invites you to see, hear, and touch the world in new ways. The lecture will take place at the Hill Auditorium.

About Ellen Lupton

Writer, curator, graphic designer, and 2007 AIGA Gold Medal recipient, Ellen Lupton will speak about design to anyone who will listen. She serves as director of the Graphic Design MFA program and director of the Center for Design Thinking at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.

As curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum since 1992, Lupton has produced numerous exhibitions and books, including Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office (1993), Mixing Messages: Graphic Design and Contemporary Culture (1996), and Letters from the Avant-Garde (1996) just to name a few.  Lupton has published essays and illustrations in The New York Times, and her book Thinking with Type (2004) is used by students, designers, and educators worldwide.

General Admission:

Student Tickets: $10  | MODA Member Tickets: $15  | Non Member Tickets: $20 Regular

Earlier Event: August 2
Ellen Lupton VIP Package
Later Event: August 4
3D Printing Class