National Design Museum to Present “Graphic Design–Now in Production” Exhibition in New York

National Design Museum to Present “Graphic Design–Now in Production” Exhibition in New York

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present the “Graphic Design—Now in Production” exhibition at Governors Island, from May 26 through Sept. 3.

Co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt and the Walker Art Center, the exhibition explores some of the most vibrant graphic design work produced since 2000. Admission will be free.

On view in Building 110 on Governors Island, the exhibition will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays. This is the second stop in a national tour of the exhibition, which debuted at the Walker Art Center in fall 2011. Cooper-Hewitt’s main facility, housed in the Carnegie Mansion, is undergoing renovation as part of a $64 million capital campaign that includes enlarged and enhanced facilities for exhibitions, collections display, education programming and the National Design Library, and an increased endowment.

Graphic design is the art and practice of visual communication. Designers use color, typography, images, symbols and systems to make the surfaces around us come alive with meaning. Today, the field is shifting and expanding in unprecedented ways, as new technologies and social movements are changing the way people make and consume media. Public awareness of graphic design has grown enormously during the past two decades through the revolutions in desktop computing and networked communication, which have also fueled tremendous growth in the profession. The exhibition is organized around eight themes: Posters, Magazines, Books, Information Design, Branding, Typography, Storefront and Film and Television Titles.

“This ambitious exhibition looks at cutting edge ideas and breaking cultural revolutions in the world of graphic design,” said Director Bill Moggridge. “Focusing on design in the 21st century, this exhibition provides insight into the phenomena shaping culture today and transforming traditional conceptions of graphic design practice.”

Lead curators are Andrew Blauvelt, curator of architecture and design at the Walker Art Center, and Ellen Lupton, senior curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt. The exhibition at Governors Island was designed by Project Projects with Leong Leong.

Cooper-Hewitt’s presentation of “Graphic Design—Now in Production” is made possible by support from the August Heckscher Exhibition Fund, the Ehrenkranz Fund and the Esme Usdan Exhibition Endowment Fund.

Additional support is provided by Cooper-Hewitt Master’s Program Fund, public funds from the Netherlands Cultural Services and the Netherland-America Foundation.

Media sponsorship provided by New York magazine.

SOURCE Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

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