Publication as Memory, Memorial and Monument

Friday May 17
4:00 to 6:00pm
Reception following

Brooklyn Army Terminal, Building A, 140 58th St, Brooklyn

What kind of monument is a book? How do we memorialize people, places and ideas in the digital information age? In what ways do print and digital publications break down barriers between private and public memory?

In conjunction with the exhibition The Colossus of Rutgers, by Kara Walker and her cohort of Rutgers MFA students, this event explores publication as an aspect of art and design practice that enables understanding across varied knowledge fields and connection among communities. Participants will present and describe strategies against monumentality to highlight publication as a temporal, individual and/ or democratic act. Participants include Atif Akin, Marc Handelman, Bo-Won Keum and Adam Putnam; moderated by Gerry Beegan.

Department of Art & Design, Rutgers

This is Display

www.thisisdisplay.org

Display is a curated collection of important modern, mid 20th century graphic design books, periodicals, advertisements and ephemera. Documenting, preserving and providing public access to these original materials will raise the profile of Graphic Design as a source of educational, historical and scholarly analysis for teachers, students, designers and independent researchers. From the rational to the experimental to the playful – our collection is varied and represents a distinct point of view about mid-century graphic design, typography and beyond.

Display is organized and designed by Kind Company, an independent web and print design office in Brooklyn, New York. Alongside client work, KindCo engages in self-initiated graphic design history projects. Their websites for the Alvin Lustig Archive and Helvetica and the New York City Subway System help generate inspiration and awareness about graphic design history, pioneers and artifacts. Partners – Greg D’Onofrio and Patricia Belen – are practicing designers, graphic design history enthusiasts, collectors and aspiring writers.

art.design@mgsa.rutgers.edu | New Brunswick, NJ