2017

Here’s to Adventure: Designing a New Museum

October 26 | 10:30
| Tower Theatre

Founded under the leadership of Tanner in 2012, the first pop-up Chicago Design Museum (ChiDM) exhibition was held in a 6,000 square-foot vacant office space in Humboldt Park. In 2013, the museum installed a second pop-up exhibition (Work at Play) in a 17,000 square-foot retail loft space downtown, and funded a capital campaign on Kickstarter. In its first five years, the organization has grown to 3 full-time staff, with dozens of interns, and hundreds of volunteers. It has organized 11 major design exhibitions that are free and open to the public, while planning over 100 events and collaborative workshops. Its mission of strengthening design culture and building community is fulfilled through a variety of programs for designers and the public.

In this talk, ChiDM’s founder and executive director posits that design is deeper than aesthetics, drawing from a broad survey of historical and contemporary case studies. He will also introduce Noteworthy Work, a weekly subscription for Chicago Design Museum members that openly wonders “What is worth preserving?”