Superscript is pleased to announce a busy line-up of spring events–we hope you’ll join us! In addition to our quarterly ADBC meet-ups, we will be hosting a series of events in conjunction with a “live-edited” installation at the Museum of Art and Design’s 2013 Home Front Series. More details below…
ADBC: The Architecture and Design Book Club
ADBC is an informal event held in public spaces in and around New York City. Through selected readings, both fiction and non-fiction, we discuss issues related to architecture and design. Everyone—experts and passers-by alike—is invited to drop by and join us for an hour of conversation, debate, and refreshments. Sign up for our mailing list here or follow us @superscriptco for updates. Our spring ADBC events include:
Wednesday, February 20: A special ADBC at P! (334 Broome Street, NYC), 6:30pm-8:30pm
Join us for a conversation about Orhan Pamuk’s The Black Book as part of P!‘s “Six Months of Copying” program. P! is a multidisciplinary exhibition space located in New York’s Chinatown. Read more about the program here, and check back for further information on our selected excerpts of The Black Book and the evening’s special guests.
Thursday, April 4: ADBC at the Museum of Art and Design (2 Columbus Circle, NYC), 6:30pm
As part of MAD’s 2013 Home Front Series: After the Museum, Superscript will host an ADBC featuring Emile Zola’s The Ladies Paradise, the story of the rise of the department store in 19th century Paris, and the modern marketing techniques that evolved alongside it. The selection relates to Superscript’s installation and event series “On Display,” which is part of MAD’s Home Front Series, more information below. Zola excerpts and special guest speaker to be announced–stay tuned!
What can a stool, a room of robots, and Columbus Circle tell us about the Museum of Art and Design?
Closely examining systems of display through a selection of MAD’s historical milestones –– increasing in scale from object, to exhibition, to the institution’s larger urban context –– editorial consultancy Superscript, together with HAO and Neil Donnelly, will lead a trio of collaborative case studies to investigate the various ways in which MAD has both influenced and adapted to continually changing notions of art, craft, and design.
Using Birsel + Seck’s Taboo stool (2011), The Robot Exhibit: History, Fantasy, and Reality (1984), and MAD’s home at Columbus Circle (since 2008) as starting points for public conversations, each of the selected works –– a design object, a curated show, and a physical location –– will be approached as a text to be read, analyzed, and debated. Questions, opinions, and findings from this set of panel events encouraging audience participation will, in turn, materialize and evolve in tandem with an ongoing, live-edited, interactive publication on display in the Museum’s 2nd floor gallery space.
A printed take-away of compiled excerpts and analyses will conclude the series with critical reflections on ideas of public display, speculating on MAD’s possible futures within an ever-evolving, increasingly digital-bound society. Each of the following events takes place on a Thursday evening, when MAD is free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 21: On Display at MAD, Case study #1/Object (2 Columbus Circle, NYC), 6:30pm
For The Global Africa Project, a 2010 exhibition on contemporary visual culture in Africa, MAD included the Taboo stool by the industrial design firm Birsel + Seck. Made of 75 percent recycled plastic and manufactured by a female-owned company in designer Bibi Seck’s birthplace of Senegal, Taboo was a groundbreaking design object in multiple ways, as was MAD’s choice to present the modest object amid an array of visually dazzling pieces. What conversations are potentially generated by the choice to display or acquire an object, and in today’s world of social media and information-sharing, what do display and acquisition really mean for institutions and for individuals?
Thursday, April 18: On Display at MAD, Case study #2/Exhibition (2 Columbus Circle, NYC), 6:30pm
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, 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?
Thursday, May 9: On Display at MAD, Case study #3/Location (2 Columbus Circle, NYC), 6:30pm
In 2008, MAD relocated from a Midtown side street to 2 Columbus Circle. Historically the point from which all distances are measured from New York, Columbus Circle acts as both a magnet and centripetal force in the city, a lively public space where people of all types and generations mix. MAD’s decision to relocate to an emblematic site in New York City raised the museum’s profile overnight, giving it a bold physical presence in the urban fabric and a clear stake in the surrounding public space. How does MAD’s urban setting impact its role as a cultural aggregator and disseminator?