Programs and Events

Shaping a New Century: A Two-Day International Design Symposium


Join designers, critics, scholars, manufacturers, dealers and students for a lively examination of the present and future of European decorative and industrial design in four sessions: creating, manufacturing, judging and marketing design objects and products. Meet leading figures in European design, like Alberto Alessi, Jurgen Bey and Michele De Lucchi, and be among the first to see the exhibition European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century. A special track for students and educators will augment the four general sessions.

Supported in part by the Myrtie Shumacker Lecture Fund.

Art Jolt: Design 101


Want an art history lesson without a big time commitment? Each Art Jolt is an information-packed course in just two hours!

Modernism? Postmodernism? We’ve heard the terms, but what do they really mean? Learn how these ideas affected the design of objects like chairs, lamps, and teapots. This class will spend time in European Design Since 1985: Shaping A New Century. Led by Elizabeth Mix from Butler University, the first session will discuss Modernism and the second session will address Postmodernism. Take only one session or join us for both. No prior knowledge needed!

  • Thursday, April 30: Modernism AH0209
    Thursday, May 7: Postmodernism AH0309
    6–8 pm
  • Adult Classroom A
  • For one session: Members $21 / Public $30 / Students & Seniors $25.50
  • Register by April 17

Introduction to 3-D Design (Adults/Teens)


Learn to identify and apply the fundamental elements and principles of 3-D design to your own artwork. You will complete several projects designed to introduce the process of developing three-dimensional artwork from concept to model. Visit the European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century exhibition to see innovations in furniture and product design.

  • Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19 / 6–8 pm
  • Blue Art Lab
  • Course Number AS0609
  • Members $49 / Public $70
  • Register by February 20

Spring Break Art Camps: Design and Creative Thinking


The work of designers affects us every day. The car you drive, the chair you sit in, the magazine you read…nearly every object you interact with was designed by someone. What will the things we use everyday look like in the future? Our week-long Spring Break Camp for 5-12 year olds focuses on an investigation of the creative processes used by designers and artists to take an idea from brainstorming through finished project. Students in the camps will complete a series of 2-D and 3-D projects. These projects aim to teach basic elements and principles of design, and to encourage creativity and imaginative problem solving. A visit to European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century and discussions of objects from the museum’s permanent collection will highlight works related to the camper’s projects. Please bring a sack lunch.

To accommodate the different Spring Break schedules of surrounding counties, we are offering two sessions of Spring Break Art Camps. Please note that the same content will be offered both sessions.

  • Monday through Friday, March 30–April 3 / 9 am–5 pm
    Y1609 Youth 5-7 years old Yellow Art Lab
    Y1709 Youth 7-9 years old Blue Art Lab
    Y1809 Youth 10-12 years old Green Art Lab
  • Members $154 / Public $220
  • Register by March 2
  • Monday through Friday, April 6–April 10 / 9 am–5 pm
    Y1909 Youth 5-7 years old Yellow Art Lab
    Y2009 Youth 7-9 years old Blue Art Lab
    Y2109 Youth 10-12 years old Green Art Lab
  • Members $154 / Public $220
  • Register by March 2

Talk: The Target Aesthetic


Jeff Carter, Senior Designer, Target Stores, discusses the retail giant’s democratic design-for-all philosophy and his own experience collaborating with designers such as Michael Graves and Isaac Mizrahi. Carter explores the “backstage” process of translating high-end designs and making them workable for the mass retail market. Co-presented by AIA Indianapolis and AIGA Indianapolis.

Film: Objectified

Meet film director Gary Hustwit (Helvetica) and see his latest documentary about the creative process of product design. The film features designers who shape our manufactured environment and our interfaces with mass-produced objects, including the people behind IKEA furniture and the iPod. How does a human-made object come into being? How does product design influence our behaviors, identities and relationships? Q&A with Hustwit afterward. (2009, dir. Gary Hustwit, 76 mins.) Co-presented by the Industrial Design Society of America, Indiana Chapter. Supported by the Evans Woollen Memorial Lecture Fund.

Film: Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes


Enjoy the world premiere of a new documentary short (2009, dir. Amie Knox, 25 mins.) about Dutch designer Hella Jongerius. Originally trained in textile design, Jongerius works in multiple media with equal dexterity. With unorthodox structures and lush palettes, Jongerius reinterprets classic forms by “adding a new dimension, a different function or a different story.” The film includes curators R. Craig Miller (IMA), Paola Antonelli (Museum of Modern Art), and manufacturers of her designs (Rolf Fehlbaum of Vitra) discussing Jongerius’ vision and contributions to the international design arts. Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes was produced to accompany the exhibition European Design Since 1985.

After the film, join in dialogue with Amie Knox, producer and director of the film; Kirk Brown, founder of the Design Onscreen film foundation; Lee Vander Kooi, assistant professor of Visual Communication at Herron; and IMA design curator R. Craig Miller. Presented by the IMA Design Arts Society and the Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI. Supported by the Evans Woollen Memorial Lecture Fund.

  • Thursday, April 2 / 6:30pm / DeBoest Lecture Hall
  • Free!

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