Prem Krishnamurthy, Adam Michaels, and Rob Giampietro, principles of the graphic design firm Project Projects, are speaking at the Art Institute of Chicago on April 16th. The firm is known for publication, exhibition, website and identity work for cultural institutions and art and design practicioners, as well as self-initiated publication and curation projects. The Art Institute has invited them to use the museum's permanent collection to explore their own interests in the curatorial process and exhibition design, culminating in an exhibition entitled Test Fit, on view in Gallery 286 through April 28th.
Don't miss the show or the lecture. April 16th, 6:30pm–8:00pm, Price Auditorium. $5 students, $10 A&D Society members, $15 general public. Tickets here.
More about the exhibition from the Art Institute of Chicago's press release:
The studio was initially inspired by the mock-ups that curators often produce when preparing the layout of an exhibition. Driven also by the unusual characteristics of the Kurokawa Gallery, which is a well-trafficked, transitional space between the Modern Wing and other parts of the museum, Project Projects decided to develop a model of an exhibition that could serve as a framework for addressing issues of representation and reproductions in a playful, yet critical way.
The studio’s selection of works is based on the personal concerns of its partners, as expressed in the accompanying texts they have written. Although they began with an interest in European modernism, as imported to Chicago in the mid-twentieth century by such practitioners as László Moholy-Nagy and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the present collection of works speaks more broadly to Project Projects’ own interest in the history of design practice. Using a consistent format of printed facsimiles at a one-to-one scale, the studio encourages viewers to consider this exhibition as a mode of creative and cultural expression in and of itself.
A sampling of recent work by Project Projects below, but you really should just visit their website.