MFA in Graphic Design Spring 2017 Residency Events Open to the Public

MFA in Graphic Design welcomes guest designers Andrew Blauvelt and Oliver Klimpel for two special lectures open to the public during its spring residency April 9-15, 2017. 

Public Lecture by Visiting Guest Designer Andrew Blauvelt: "Designer as Author, Editor, and Curator"

  • Monday, April 10 
  • 6:15-7 pm 
  • Noble Lounge
  • Free & open to the public

Summary: This talk will focus on recent projects involving aspects of all of these varied and overlapping roles, including the exhibitions and publications Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for UtopiaGraphic Design: Now in Production, and the book Parallel Cities: The Multilevel Metropolis

Andrew BlauveltAndrew Blauvelt is Director of the Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, which organizes and hosts exhibitions, presents programs, and collects objects in the areas of modern and contemporary art, architecture, craft, and design.

From 1998–2015, Blauvelt held several positions at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. From 2013-2015 he served as Senior Curator, Design, Research, and Publishing, where he supervised the print and online publishing programs, oversaw the archives and library study collections, and curated programs, projects, and exhibitions in contemporary and modern architecture and design.

From 2010-2013 he served as the Walker’s Chief of Communications and Audience Engagement and from 1998–2010 he served as Design Director, developing and overseeing the brand identity of the organization. He has also served as a curator of architecture and design since 1998. 

Public Lecture by Visiting Guest Designer Oliver Klimpel: "Doubt, Delight, and Change"

  • Thursday, April 13 
  • 6:30-7:30 pm 
  • Noble Lounge
  • Free & open to the public

Summary: Design as a Practice of Involvement: What roles can speculation, fiction, and critical reflection play in design? And in which directions must we expand classic design methodologies in order for it to be an agent of transparency or empowerment? Illustrated by a selection of works Oliver Klimpel will share his thoughts and insights on how his approach in design has developed – starting from traditional design projects to current interventions and inquiries, for instance into design as a means of institutional critique and a highlighter of cultural ambivalences.

Oliver KlimpelOliver Klimpel (born in Dresden, East-Germany) is a designer based in London and Berlin. He has been working on various projects for the cultural and commercial sector, i.e. Tate Modern, Museum Folkwang Essen, Goethe-Institute, Taipei Contemporary Art Center. After teaching at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and other colleges in the UK, he was appointed Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig and has lead the System-Design Class from 2008–2014. He is currently based in Berlin, though one will rarely find him there, as he is continually traveling the globe working on assorted projects. At the moment, he’s working on an exhibition about architecture for a museum in Bordeaux, France.

Pin-up: Returning Student Design Work on Display

  • Alumni Hall Gallery, 45 College Street
  • Wednesday, April 12 - 10am to 9pm
  • Thursday, April 13 - 10am to 9pm
  • Friday, April 14 - 10am to 9pm
  • Free & open to the public

Thesis Exhibition: Convergence - Graduating Student Design Work on Display

  • College Hall Gallery, 36 College Street
  • Tuesday, April 11 - 10am to 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 12 - 10am to 9pm
  • Thursday, April 13 - Noon to 9pm
  • Friday, April 14 - Noon to 9pm; Reception 7-8pm*
  • Saturday, April 15 - 10am to 7pm

* Thesis Reception: Please join us for light refreshments to celebrate the graduating work of our Spring 2017 MFA in Graphic Design class!