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Graphic Design: Now In Production
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Graphic Design: Now In Production
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
October 22, 2011 – January 22, 2012 (traveling exhibition)

Curatorial Team:
Ian Albinson (, Andrew Blauvelt (Walker Art Center), Jeremy Leslie (, Ellen Lupton (Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution), Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio (Brand New)

Graphic Design: Now in Production is co-organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York.

«This major international exhibition explores how graphic design has broadened its reach dramatically over the past decade, expanding from a specialized profession to a widely deployed tool. With the rise of user-generated content and new creative software, along with innovations in publishing and distribution systems, people outside the field are mobilizing the techniques and processes of design to create and publish visual media. At the same time, designers are becoming producers: authors, publishers, instigators, and entrepreneurs employing their creative skills as makers of content and shapers of experiences.
Featuring work produced since 2000 in the most vital sectors of communication design, Graphic Design: Now in Production explores design-driven magazines, newspapers, books, and posters as well as branding programs for corporations, subcultures, and nations. It also showcases a series of developments over the past decade, such as the entrepreneurial nature of designer-produced goods; the renaissance in digital typeface design; the storytelling potential of titling sequences for film and television; and the transformation of raw data into compelling information narratives.
Graphic Design: Now in Production is the largest museum exhibition on the subject since the Walker’s seminal 1989 exhibition Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History, and the Cooper-Hewitt’s 1996 comprehensive survey, Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture. Appropriately, this exhibition is co-organized by the two institutions. A comprehensive, illustrated catalogue produced by the Walker accompanies the exhibition.»

Additional info, images, videos and texts available via the Walker Art Center’s blog.
Video of the Opening Day Talks available via youtube.

Travelling exhibition:

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
October 22, 2011–January 22, 2012

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Governors Island, New York
May 26–September 2, 2012
(The exhibition at Governors Island was designed by Project Projects with Leong Leong.)

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
September 30, 2012–January 6, 2013

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas
July 19–September 29, 2013

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, North Carolina
October 24, 2013–February 24, 2014