Bill Moggridge, The Role of Collecting, Curating and Education in the Context of a National Design Museum

In this talk Bill Moggridge, named head of the Cooper-Hewitt museum early in 2010, will discuss his current role at the museum and the opportunity it offers him to explain design on a national scale. While seeing the Cooper-Hewitt through physical renovations as well as changes in curatorial focus, Moggridge also aims to expand public awareness about design’s potential to impact personal health, social well-being and global sustainability.

Bill Moggridge is the director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Moggridge designed the first laptop computer, the Grid Compass, launched in 1982. He describes his career as having three phases, first as a designer with projects for clients in ten countries, second as a co-founder of IDEO where he developed design methods for interdisciplinary design teams, and third as a spokesperson for the value of design in everyday life, writing, presenting and teaching, supported by the historical depth and contemporary reach of the museum.

The Fall 2010 Design Criticism MFA Lecture Series is open to the public. You are warmly invited to attend our lectures, to see our new department and to meet with speakers, faculty members and students over a drink. Space is limited; RSVP to dcrit@sva.edu.

Event Information

When: 2 Nov 2010, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Design Criticism MFA Department, 136 West 21st Street, Second floor
Price: Free and open to the public

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