Monthly Archives: April 2013

Thurs, 4/18 @MAD: On Display #2: Exhibition

In the future…
What themes will exhibitions address? How will exhibitions be designed? What spaces will exhibitions inhabit? Please join us for a conversation with special guests from the fields of design, publishing, museology, and anthropology.

On Display
Case study #2: Exhibition
Thursday, April 18, 7:00pm
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle

What can a stool, a room of robots, and Columbus Circle tell us about the future of museums? Superscript + HAO + Neil Donnelly host a series of three public conversations where historical milestones of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)—ranging from a design object, to a curated show, to the physical location of MAD itself—serve as starting points for a conversation about the future of museums. Thein-gallery discussions, held on Thursday evenings when the museum is free to the public, will be supported by a live-edited, interactive installation on display in the Museum’s second-floor gallery space. Questions, opinions, and findings from this set of events encouraging audience participation will, in turn, evolve into a publication containing critical reflections on the role ahead for museums within an ever-evolving, increasingly digital-bound society. On Display at MAD is part of The Home Front 2013: After the Museum, March 12-June 9, 2013.

Case study #2: Exhibition
The Robot Exhibit: History, Fantasy, and Reality (1984) at MAD (then the American Craft Museum) was one of the first comprehensive surveys of the history of robots, cyborgs, automatons, and androids. A visionary exhibit that attracted a record number of visitors with its interactive displays, MAD presented robots as a multidisciplinary phenomenon, a confluence of craft and science. But beyond the myth of the robot, here were the roots of a revolution — automatization, new production methods, and even 3D printing and rapid prototyping — that would take the design world by storm in the following twenty years. How can exhibitions forecast future trends in design, from concepts to manufacturing, funding and consuming?

Those attending each event can choose to be listed as contributors in the final On Display publication. The public will also be able to participate in conversations remotely via Twitter: @superscriptco #OnDisplay

Save the Date!
Case study #3: Location
Thursday, May 9, 7:00pm

Case study #1: Object
Thursday, March 21, 7:00pm