Carnegie Mellon's Jill Watson Lecture Series Features Renowned Designer
Bruce Mao, Artist Peter Fend and Curators Dana Greenwald, Josh MacPhee
PITTSBURGH—The Jill Watson Distinguished Lecture series at Carnegie Mellon University will present talks by internationally acclaimed designer Bruce Mau at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 and artist and activist Peter Fend at 5 p.m. on Jan. 22. Also featured in the series are curators Dana Greenwald and Josh MacPhee, appearing at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 in conjunction with the opening of their exhibition "Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now" at the Miller Gallery.
All lectures, free and open to the public, will take place in the McConomy Auditorium in the campus' University Center.
Each year The Jill Watson Endowment for Innovation at the Intersection of the Arts sponsors the effort to bring emerging and recognized artists, designers, musicians, architects and performers to Pittsburgh. The series is named in memory of Watson, a Carnegie Mellon alumna, adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture and acclaimed Pittsburgh architect who died in the TWA Flight 800 plane crash on July 17, 1996.
Mau is the founder and creative director of Bruce Mau Design, a company that "uses the power and promise of design to create an ethical sustainable future." He is also the founder of Institute without Boundaries, a post-graduate, interdisciplinary design program. Massive Change, an ongoing collaborative project of Bruce Mau Design and the Institute without Boundaries, aims to articulate the consequences of human action on the world, to investigate the possibilities and ethical implications of design and to advocate for positive solutions. The Canadian is also a renowned lecturer and the recipient of many honors, including the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation and the Toronto Arts Award for Architecture and Design.
Fend is the founder of the Ocean Earth Development Corporation, a program bringing together artists, architects and scientists to research alternative energy sources. Their latest project, "Ocean Earth," envisions algae as a viable energy source and uses artwork to demonstrate how easily algae can be converted into methane gas.
Lecturers Greenwald and MacPhee are co-curators of the upcoming Miller Gallery exhibition "Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now," presenting hundreds of posters, photographs, moving images, audio clips and ephemera bringing to life over 40 years of international activism, political protest and campaigns for social justice.
Greenwald and MacPhee's lecture, "Visualizing Social Movement Cultures," will be followed by a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon. The reception, free and open to the public, will feature live screen-printing and music by DJ Baglady.
For more information on the lecture series, visit www.cmu.edu/cfa/watson/.