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After Victor Papanek: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be

Dave Hullfish Bailey, CamLab, Ken Ehrlich & Mathias Heyden, Rafa Esparza, Robby Herbst, Olga Koumoundouros, Liz Nurenberg, Michael Parker

After Victor Papanek: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be

"...an engaging and thought-provoking exhibition that celebrates not only creativity but the notion that art might make the world a better place."
Los Angeles Times

This group exhibition focuses on Victor Papanek’s pioneering influence on sustainable, socially responsible, human-centered design and the relevance of his oeuvre to current discourses in contemporary art, particularly in providing a critical framework for an object-oriented social practice. The project asserts Papanek’s legacy as a galvanizing force in contemporary visual art and social practice.

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Victor Papanek (1923-1998) was an American designer, critic, and educator. He studied design at Cooper Union and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was briefly a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, taught and lectured widely around the country and in Europe, and had a deep impact here in Southern California, where he was a founding dean at California Institute of the Arts. He found a strong ally in Buckminster Fuller, who wrote the introduction to his book Design for the Real World, which remains one of the most widely read books in the field of design, particularly in universities.

Papanek did not believe in patents, feeling they stymied innovation and prevented urgent design solutions from reaching their audiences. After Victor Papanek: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be pairs reproductions of Papanek’s original unpatented plans and drawings with realized projects by artists and art teams that offer interpretations of those original plans, using Papanek’s works as “prompts” or “scores” for the creation of new work by contemporary artists.

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The Armory's galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 12-5pm. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

This exhibition is supported by The National Endowment for the Arts

Top: Michael Parker, Steam Egg, 2010 – present (photo by Lisa Anne Auerbach)
Middle: Liz Nurenburg, Conversation Piece #004, 2014 (photo by Jeff McLane)

Jeff Cain

Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103

Opening Reception
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Exhibition Dates
5/10/2015 to 9/6/2015