I had the delight of speaking at the Poster House, New York, for their College Night in November. I spoke about salary transparency and the future of museums. See the full program here — one of the most enjoyable I’ve done thanks to great co-panelists Nico Wheadon and La Tanya Autry, and excellent PH moderators… Continue reading Untitled
How might we address issues in maternal health with some of the same creative problem-solving tools used by designers? How are communities coming together to rethink maternity from an equity perspective? Amber and I participated in a conversation about labor, health, and ways design tools can help us reimagine the future of motherhood. We were… Continue reading Untitled
In August, I was lucky enough to speak with the smart fashion historian and curator Keren Ben-Horin about fashion and design, as well as how we both use material culture in education and in our scholarship.
In spring 2020 I collaborated with friend and colleague Nikki Columbus, as colleagues at both CUNY’s James Gallery and the Vera List Center to create Art • Work • Place. Pre-pandemic, it was originally planned as a two-day summit on efforts to create a just and equitable workplace in the art world—union organizing at museums,… Continue reading Untitled
Points of Entry is a conversation with curators, artists, and other researchers from across the globe about who they are, what they do, and how we can collectively (re)imagine the roles of cultural organizations in a rapidly changing world. I spoke to POE host, Katie Kheriji-Watts, here.
In April I spoke with the Brown University Arts Initiative, and my good friend and colleague curator Kate Kraczon, about how the pandemic had started to affect arts institutions. Watch the interview here.
I participated in the discussion on AAM’s Museopunks podcast, Episode 37: Experience doesn’t pay the rent. From their show notes: “Unpaid internships are commonplace in the museum world, supported by a culture that suggests “experience” and the chance to get “a foot in the door” are worth the sacrifice of time and lost earnings. This… Continue reading Untitled
In May 2019, I co-founded the Art + Museum Transparency collective with a group of colleagues and we called for salary transparency and more equitable working conditions in our field. This is ongoing, live work. We released two crowdsourced docs for arts and museum workers: Salary Spreadsheet http://rebrand.ly/salaryspreadsheet and the Internship Spreadsheet http://rebrand.ly/internshipspreadsheet You can submit… Continue reading Untitled
My brilliant co-conspirator, Amber Winick, and I spoke about our project. “Designing Motherhood: A Century of Making (and Unmaking) Babies,” at Sotheby’s on Mother’s Day. One of our sheroes, Meg Crane, who designed the first at-home pregnancy test, came to the talk and made our day. Thanks to Charlotte Burns for having us.
I moderated a panel at the United Nations as part of Céline Semaan’s excellent and thoughtful summit on sustainability and the fashion industry (synopsis here).
I was on a panel at TEFAF Spring 2018 titled “RESTRAINING/ADVANCING WOMEN IN POSTWAR AMERICA – IN ART, FASHION, AND MEDIA, 1947-1970” / Restraining and advancing was the critical tension in the depictions of women in art, media, and fashion throughout the 20th century. Perhaps no other period saw such polarized representations as the post-World… Continue reading Untitled
In September 2018, I moderated a conference on Sustainable Fashion at the French Embassy in New York, featuring from left to right Anne Fontaine, Hervé Ferrage (Deputy Cultural Counselor), Dorothée Charles (Anne Fontaine Foundation) (and me), Marie-Laurence de Chaunac (President of IFM Alumni USA), Laurent Claquin (Head of Kering Americas), Nicole Rycroft (Founder of Canopy),… Continue reading Untitled
Join me at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on October 10 for Pay What You Wish Wednesday in conjunction with Design Philadelphia for a really special “In the Artist’s Voice: Contemporary Design Conversations” gallery talk session co-sponsored by Ladies, Wine & Design Philly. 6:00–6:30 p.m.: Explore experiments in counter-fashion with the cofounders of the Rational Dress… Continue reading Untitled
In early November I will give a paper on the work of product and industrial designer Charles Harrison and the fashion designer company New Breed as part of a symposium marking the opening of African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce, and the Politics of Race. This symposium gathers scholars and design practitioners who address all aspects… Continue reading Untitled
I’ll be speaking at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Museum as part of the annual Design History Studies conference in early September on the kilt and its many manifestations and cultural (dis)locations. “As a textile design and a fashion item, the kilt now stands as a cipher for romanticized Scottish nationalism and rugged masculinity. However, the… Continue reading Untitled
I took part in the innovative and wide ranging arts festival held in Inverness, Scotland, each summer, XpoNorth, taking about how museums can fulfill their missions to connect to broad, diverse, and expanding audiences.
Speaking on maternity fashion over the last 100 years as part of the free online Coursera course on fashion and design that I co-realized and co-taught.
I will be delivering a masterclass at the Royal College of Art in London at a one-week summer school that provides an immersive introduction to curatorial and critical perspectives that intersect with a wide range of art and design practice.
I spoke to RTE Irish Radio about my love for the Aran Jumper in conjunction with our exhibition at MoMA, Items: Is Fashion Modern?
I recently spent four intense days in Lagos, Nigeria, researching for MoMA’s upcoming exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern? and I’m certain that this dynamic city is one of fashion’s most exciting crucibles. And, through individuals and collectives focused on design, it may also be at the forefront of a self-organized revolt against and reorganization of… Continue reading Untitled
I moderated two panels on virtual reality with three really wonderful practitioners and convened by a great colleague, Veena Vijayakumar. More details here.
I participated in the HarvardxDesign 2016 conference, moderating a panel on design for health and talking about one of my design heroes–Nye Bevan, architect of Britains National Health Service (NHS) in the 1940s.
Jan 7, 2016 // Gilbert Baker and I talked about the acquisition of his Rainbow Flag at MoMA!
Check out design podcast 99% Invisible‘s story on the AIDS Awareness Red Ribbon. I’m on around the 13 min mark talking about its recent acquisition by MoMA.
The first MIT Media Lab Summit devoted to design, Knotty Objects will gather designers, scientists, engineers, makers, writers, curators, and scholars around the discussion of four complex and omnipresent objects, along with the rich stories they can tell. The objects–brick, bitcoin, steak, and phone–will become lenses through which we examine the transdisciplinary nature of contemporary design. I’m excited to be a part of organizing this event.
Wednesday, June 24 This conversation took an extended look at the Frick’s eight canvases by François Boucher in the context of their eighteenth-century Parisian origins, touching upon issues of class, gender fluidity, and commerce.
I produced the final Design and Violence debate at MoMA on May 28, 2015. Debaters: Larry Lessig (AGAINST), Gabriella Coleman (FOR). Moderators: Paola Antonelli and Jamer Hunt. Motion: Internet freedom and digital privacy will come about only through the design of better tools for civil disobedience and direct action.
I participated in the 2014 closing celebrations of the Frick-Columbia Narrative Medicine program partnership, giving a gallery talk on the wonders of Hogarth’s Miss Mary Edwards.
I gave a paper, culled from part of my dissertation research, titled “Nothing is Transmissible but Thought: Le Corbusier’s Radiant Farm Made Real,” at the April 2014 Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, in Austin, TX.
March 2014 California Design Colloquium, UC Berkeley, CA. The California Design Research Group, which comprises scholars in the University of California system whose research concerns Californian architecture, landscape architecture, and design, held its first bi-annual Graduate Student Colloquium: NEW THINKING ABOUT CALIFORNIA. PhD candidates from Europe and the United States presented papers on topics addressing Californian architecture,… Continue reading Translating Utopia: FSA Architecture and Le Corbusier’s Ville Radieuse
February 2014 Annual College Art Association Conference (CAA), Chicago I oversaw the successful realization of the College Art Association’s Digital Humanities THATCamp at CAA 2014. I maintained the collaboratively authored THATCamp website, and researched, invited, programmed and directed a three day conference for ninety digital humanities innovators in collaboration with Anne Swartz of Savannah College… Continue reading Untitled
December 2013 12th Annual CUNY IT Conference, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY
November 2013 Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ
October 2013 Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute Faculty Roundtable, Baruch College, NY I led a workshop on interdisciplinarity and the arts. See the Prezi here.
Poster Session Co-presenter for Art History Teaching Resources at the February 2013 Annual College Art Association Conference (CAA), New York.
February 2012 Art and the Mind: Neuroaesthetics, Phenomenology, and the Experience of Vision, University of Southern California (USC), LA Paper: Ferocious Fighting Men: A Phenomenological Reading of the Berserker Chessmen.
April 2011 Reconsidering Historiography 1900-1960, Art History Graduate Student Symposium, The CUNY Graduate Center, NY My great colleague and fellow architectural historian Sam Sadow and I organized this graduate student conference. Collected papers were later included in the Journal of Art Historiography Number 5, December 2011.
March 2011 The Now Museum Symposium, The New Museum, NY Paper: When is an artist not an artist? Artists, Museum Education, and Hierarchies of Contemporaneity. I also wrote about this conference/summed up my paper there for Art21.