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VIDEO Akiko Busch, “Assorted Notes on Fit”

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When: 29 Oct 2013, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: Design Criticism MFA Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
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For Akiko Busch, the study of design has long been about the notion of fit and how human beings find a sense of order in objects, rooms, and buildings. What are the concerns when these ideas of fit are taken to a larger landscape? And how do these excursions into [...]

VIDEO John Warner, “It’s Funny Because It’s True. It’s True, Because It’s Funny”

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When: 15 Oct 2013, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: Design Criticism MFA Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
Price: Free (registration is required)

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9/11 was supposed to be the death of irony; thereafter we would once again “take things seriously.” But what if irony is sincerity and seriousness? McSweeney’s Internet Tendency editor John Warner will explore these notions by examining contemporary approaches to what’s funny and how we might make use of [...]

VIDEO Glen Cummings, “Negotiating Urban Nature”

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When: 8 Oct 2013, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: SVA MFA Design Criticism Department, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
Price: Free (registration is required)

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Glen Cummings, designer and partner at MTWTF, presents recent collaborative engagements with urban nature through the ongoing Safari 7 project (iterations launching in Sao Paulo, Hong Kong and Shenzhen this fall) and Newark’s Riverfront Park.
Glen Cummings is the founding partner and creative director of MTWTF, a graphic design studio [...]

VIDEO Jane Nisselson, “Cinematics of Systems, Processes, and Beautiful Things”

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When: 1 Oct 2013, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: Design Criticism MFA Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
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Jane Nisselson is the founder of Virtual Beauty, a film production studio whose Webby-nominated short films focus on the intersection of design, science, and engineering. Through her films, Nisselson tells stories of systems—of scientific models, innovation, diagrams, molecules, and fragrances. In this lecture Nisselson invites us to look at [...]

VIDEO Constance Rosenblum, “Private Lives in the Big City: Writing About New Yorkers and Their Distinctive Habitats”

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When: 17 Sep 2013, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: Design Criticism MFA Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
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Constance Rosenblum, longtime editor and reporter at The New York Times, will discuss issues involved in writing about New Yorkers and the many and varied places they call home. In addition to her analysis of the elements that make a home in New York City distinctive, Rosenblum will discuss [...]

VIDEO Kurt Andersen, “Why Spy”

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When: 16 Apr 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Where: MFA Design Criticism Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
Price: Free and open to the public; Registration required

Of the satirical 1980s magazine Spy, Dave Eggers has observed, “It might have remade New York’s cultural landscape; it definitely changed the whole tone of magazine journalism. It was cruel, brilliant, beautifully written and perfectly designed, and feared by all. There’s no magazine I know of that’s so continually referenced, held up as a benchmark, and [...]

VIDEO Rick Poynor, “Writing with Pictures”

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When: 9 Apr 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Where: MFA Design Criticism Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
Price: Free and open to the public; Registration required

Rick Poynor, the British critic, writes about images, and selects and edits them for magazines, books, exhibitions, and his blog at Design Observer. He is also increasingly preoccupied, as a photographer, with making images himself. Just as designers can expand their practice through writing, he argues, so can writers in visual disciplines extend their practice [...]

VIDEO Virginia Postrel, “Meaning and Value in Commercial Culture”

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When: 19 Mar 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Design Criticism MFA Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
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Meaning is one of the greatest sources of economic value and one of the least respected. Explanations of why people buy things “they don’t need” tend to fall back on stories of status signaling or simple delusion. But actual motives and meanings are much more complicated and interesting, and their results more dynamic and unpredictable. [...]

VIDEO Vince Aletti, “Face of Fashion: Fashion Photography, Art Direction, and Magazine Design”

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When: 12 Mar 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Where: MFA Design Criticism Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
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Photography critic and curator Vince Aletti will discuss fashion magazines’ troubled relationship with reality, and the ways in which, while providing a means of escape, their pages also act as sites of cultural flux, recording every minute shift in taste and style. Using examples of vintage and contemporary fashion editorials, Aletti will show how great photography and [...]

VIDEO Kati London, “New Forms of Engagement and Play in a Sensor- and Real-Time-Data-Dominated World”

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When: 26 Feb 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Where: MFA Design Criticism Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
Price: Free and open to the public; Registration required

If plants can communicate using Twitter and the telephone, sharks in the Pacific Ocean can play games with people wherever they are, and local currencies can help connect disparate populations across a struggling city, then what might the next five years begin to look like? In this talk, Zynga Executive Producer Kati London will look [...]

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