Graphic Design: Now in Production

E. Lupton, A. Blauvelt, J. Leslie, I. Albinson, A. Vit, Graham Rawle

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibition


Work featured in exhibition: Book - Woman's World by Graham Rawle. From the catalogue: "Graham Rawle's Woman's World is a cut-and-paste novel about transgender love and trauma, constructed entirely from scraps of vintage women's magazines. This remarkable book succeeds in sustaining a reader's interest both verbally and visually. No mere design experiment, it is an arresting work of literary art". Ellen Lupton 2011. This major international exhibition explores how graphic design has broadened its reach dramatically over the past decade, expanding from a specialized profession to a widely deployed tool. With the rise of user-generated content and new creative software, along with innovations in publishing and distribution systems, people outside the field are mobilizing the techniques and processes of design to create and publish visual media. At the same time, designers are becoming producers: authors, publishers, instigators, and entrepreneurs employing their creative skills as makers of content and shapers of experiences. Featuring work produced since 2000 in the most vital sectors of communication design, Graphic Design: Now in Production explores design-driven magazines, newspapers, books, and posters as well as branding programs for corporations, subcultures, and nations. It also showcases a series of developments over the past decade, such as the entrepreneurial nature of designer-produced goods; the renaissance in digital typeface design; the storytelling potential of titling sequences for film and television; and the transformation of raw data into compelling information narratives. Graphic Design: Now in Production is the largest museum exhibition on the subject since the Walker’s seminal 1989 exhibition Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History, and the Cooper-Hewitt’s 1996 comprehensive survey, Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture. Appropriately, this exhibition is co-organized by the two institutions. A comprehensive, illustrated catalogue produced by the Walker accompanies the exhibition. Curatorial Team Ian Albinson, Andrew Blauvelt, Walker Art Center Jeremy Leslie, Ellen Lupton, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio, Brand New Tour Schedule Walker Art Center, Minneapolis - October 22, 2011–January 22, 2012 Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Governors Island, New York - May 26–September 2, 2012 Hammer Museum, Los Angeles - September 30, 2012–January 6, 2013 Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas - July 19–September 29, 2013 Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, North Carolina - October 24, 2013–February 24, 2014
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2011
EventGraphic Design: Now in Production - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Governors Island, New York ; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas ; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, North Car
Duration: 21 Oct 2011 → …

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