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Art School: Design

A Program for Walker Art Center Members

Part of Art School: What the %#@! Is Contemporary Art?

Design: Walker Shop

While many people enjoy contemporary design on a daily basis in their homes and workplaces, not everyone knows how the products come into being or why certain items are more valued than others. This session explores the product design process and includes popular examples from the Walker Shop as a basis for discussion, including pieces by Italian design factory Alessi. After the session, visit the Walker Shop and receive a double discount (20%) on all purchases during this last day of Member Discount Weekend.

Art School demystifies contemporary art by putting it into context—culturally, historically, and personally. Through short, succinct sessions, you’ll come to understand what the fuss is all about—even feel like a connoisseur yourself. This program for Walker members is copresented by the University of Minnesota Departments of Art and Art History.

Featured Presenters

Practitioner: A native of Italy, Paolo Cravedi has served as the managing director of Alessi USA since 2008, based at the company’s New York City headquarters. Over the years, Alessi has produced objects created by more than 200 international designers, giving life to pieces “characterized by a mix of eccentricity and style, playfulness and culture, irony and elegance.”

Scholar: Curt Lund’s research interests revolve around the intersections of art and design history, the collection and interpretation of design objects, and the redefinition of design “artifacts” in the digital age. An MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota, Lund is a graphic designer, arts marketing manager, museum educator, found media artist, printmaker, and writer/performer—all manifestations of his love for combining words and images in nerdy and satisfying ways.

To Register

Registration is required online at members.walkerart.org, by e-mail to membership@walkerart.org, or by calling 612.375.7655.