Zoe Ryan, “Contemporary Constructions: Design at the Art Institute of Chicago “


Zoë Ryan, Neville Bryan Curator of Design at The Art Institute of Chicago, talks about her role as the Institute’s first curator of design, focusing in particular on her most recent exhibition “Konstantin Grcic: Decisive Design (2009).”

Ryan is a British writer and curator. Her recent exhibitions as curator at the Art Institute of Chicago include: “Konstantin Grcic: Decisive Design” (2009) and “Graphic Thought Facility: Resourceful Design” (2008). Prior to working at the Art Institute, Zoë was Senior Curator at the Van Alen Institute (VAI) in New York where she organized numerous exhibitions including “The Good Life: New Public Spaces of Recreation” (2006). Zoë is regularly called upon as a lecturer, critic and juror and her writing on architecture and design has been published internationally. She is the author of numerous publications including the forthcoming title “Building with Water: Concepts, Typology, Design,” to be published in 2010 by Birkhäuser Verlag. Zoë is an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she teaches an interdisciplinary design seminar.

The Spring 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 as soon as possible.

Event Information

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

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