Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 4, 2012.

Paola Antonelli joined The Museum of Modern Art in 1994 and is a Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, as well as MoMA’s Director of Research and Development. Her first exhibition for MoMA, Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design (1995), was followed by Thresholds: Contemporary Design from the Netherlands (1996), Achille Castiglioni: Design! (1997-98), and Projects 66: Campana/Ingo Maurer (1999), Open Ends and Matter (September 2000–February 2001), Workspheres (February-April, 2001), Humble Masterpieces (July-September, 2004), SAFE: Design Takes On Risk (October 2005-January 2006), Design and the Elastic Mind (February 24–May 12, 2008), Standard Deviations: Types and Families in Contemporary Design (March 2011-February 2012), Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects (July 24-November 7, 2011), and Born out of Necessity (March 2012-ongoing). Paola Antonelli’s goal is to insistently promote design’s understanding, until its positive influence on the world is fully acknowledged and exploited.

This series brings several internationally-renowned contemporary art curators, directors, and arts professionals from around the globe to Austin to conduct studio visits with selected area-based artists and present a free public lecture. The Visiting Lecturer Series provides an important opportunity for area artists to have their work reviewed by a variety of distinguished arts professionals and helps raise the visibility of Austin’s thriving cultural scene.

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