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.

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  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…

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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),…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.  

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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.  

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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.

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Translating Utopia: FSA Architecture and Le Corbusier’s Ville Radieuse

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,…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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