Having travelled to many major museums in the US since 2012, ‘Graphic Design: Now in Production’, comes to the RISD Museum in Providence and opens on March 28. The show has been praised as “a big, sweeping, categorical, world-historical-moment-defining graphic design show’ and features many Dutch graphic designers, including Metahaven, LUST, Irma Boom, Maureen Mooren, Mevis & Van Deursen, Droog, Jop van Bennekom, Underware and Luna Maurer.
The rise of user-generated content, alternative methods of printing and distribution, and the wide dissemination of creative software, have opened up new opportunities for design. Featuring works produced since 2000, Graphic Design explores the worlds of design-driven magazines, newspapers, books, and posters; the expansion of branding programs for corporations, subcultures and nations; the entrepreneurial spirit of designer-produced goods; the renaissance in digital typeface design; the storytelling potential of film and television titling sequences; and the transformation of raw data into compelling information narratives.
Graphic Design: Now in Production is co-organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York. The exhibition is co-curated by Andrew Blauvelt, Chief of Communications and Audience Engagement and Curator of Design, Walker Art Center, and Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.