- Mystic Mondays Tarot, designed by Grace Duong. The designer and illustrator will discuss the art of tarot on October 23, 2019. Photograph by Chronicle Books, courtesy of the artist.Important: By downloading this image, you are agreeing to the following permissions: Images are provided exclusively to the press, and only for purposes of publicity for the duration of an exhibition at the PMA. The Museum grants permission to use images only to the extent of its ownership rights relating to those images--the responsibility for any additional permissions remains solely with the party reproducing the images. In addition, the images must be accompanied by the credit line and any copyright information as it appears above, and the party reproducing the images must not distort or mutilate the images.
- Quori, designed by Mark Yim, Mariana Ibañez, and Simon Kim of Immersive Kinematics Lab. Two of the creators of this research robot, Simon Kim and Mark Yim, will discuss its design on October 30, 2019. Photograph by Andrew Matia, courtesy of the designers.Important: By downloading this image, you are agreeing to the following permissions: Images are provided exclusively to the press, and only for purposes of publicity for the duration of an exhibition at the PMA. The Museum grants permission to use images only to the extent of its ownership rights relating to those images--the responsibility for any additional permissions remains solely with the party reproducing the images. In addition, the images must be accompanied by the credit line and any copyright information as it appears above, and the party reproducing the images must not distort or mutilate the images.
- Ghost Minitaur, designed 2015 by Avik De and Gavin Kenneally (Courtesy of the designers). Kenneally will lead a gallery talk on November 6, 2019. Photograph by Tim Tiebout, courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2019.Important: By downloading this image, you are agreeing to the following permissions: Images are provided exclusively to the press, and only for purposes of publicity for the duration of an exhibition at the PMA. The Museum grants permission to use images only to the extent of its ownership rights relating to those images--the responsibility for any additional permissions remains solely with the party reproducing the images. In addition, the images must be accompanied by the credit line and any copyright information as it appears above, and the party reproducing the images must not distort or mutilate the images.
- BINA48 (Android). The android will join a panel talk to discuss AI design and gender on November 16, 2019. Image courtesy the Terasem Movement Foundation.
- Ane Crabtree with costume design imagery of The Handmaid’s Tale (Seasons 1 & 2). The Emmy nominated designer will share insights on costuming dystopia on November 20, 2019. Image courtesy MGM Television.
- Cricket Shelter: Modular Edible Insect Farm, designed 2016 by Mitchell Joachim (Courtesy of the designer). The designer and Co-Founder of Terraform ONE will discuss his Cricket Shelter on January 15, 2020. Photograph © Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE.
- Now, by Ryan Strand Greenberg. The photographer and curator will engage the public in conversation about the history we pass on to the future on January 22, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.
- Housewives Making Drugs, 2017, by Mary Maggic. The artist will discuss the project and share a micro-performance on January 29, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.
- Dough with encapsulations, by Orkan Telhan. The artist and biological designer will discuss roles for microorganisms on February 19, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.
Designs for Different Futures: Public Programs
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 22, 2019–March 8, 2020
Press Preview: October 17, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (remarks at 10:00 a.m.). More details.
Futures Therapy Lab
Thinking about possible futures is both exhilarating and anxiety-making. The Futures Therapy Lab is a space for conversation, critique, and creativity for those considering the ideas set forth in Designs for Different Futures. Work it out in the Lab through reading reflection, and art making. Part of the exhibition experience, the lab is open to visitors of all ages and is free with museum admission. Drop-in daily during museum hours. Open late Wednesdays and Fridays, until 8:45 p.m.
In addition to daily drop-in activities, the Lab will host a series of weekly happenings:
Artists in the Lab
Artists and designers share their work through talks, demonstrations, and workshops. Wednesday Nights, 5:00–8:45 p.m.
The Designer is In
Talk it out. One-on-one sessions with local designers offer new perspectives on your everyday life. Thursdays & Saturdays, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Drop-in readings that explore narratives of the future. Select Sundays, 2:00–3:00pm
Artists in the Lab
Artist in the Lab: Grace Duong and Wesley Flash on Tarot and Prophecy
October 23, 2019 | 6:00–8:00 p.m. | Futures Therapy Lab and Great Stair Hall
Get present, create, and dive deeper. Work with designer and illustrator Grace Duong to create your own tarot card, then learn more about the art of tarot with Wesley Flash. Tarot tells a story; it isn’t always about the future itself. Find out your own story and share stories with others. Drop-ins welcome.
Artist in the Lab: Simon Kim and Mark Yim on Quori
October 30, 2019 | 6:30 p.m. | Dorrance Galleries
Meet Simon Kim and Mark Yim, the creators of Quori, one of the robots on view in the exhibition, and hear about the design and engineering that informed this research robot. Drop-ins welcome.
Simon Kim, AIA, OAA, is Principal of Ibañez Kim Architects and an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Mark Yim is the Asa Whitney Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the GRASP lab. Mark and Simon work together as directors of Immersive Kinematics Lab , along with associate Mariana Ibañez.
Perspectives Gallery Talks: Gavin Kenneally on Ghost Minitaur
November 6 | 6:30 p.m. | Dorrance Galleries
Gavin Kenneally shares the process of designing Ghost Minitaur, a four-legged robot capable of exploring dangerous territory. His fifteen-minute talk is followed by a conversation in the gallery. Drop-ins welcome.
Kenneally is the chief product officer and mechatronics lead for Ghost Robotics, where he works to make legged robots a commercial reality. Perspectives Gallery Talks are conversations about art and design through a contemporary lens.
Artist in the Lab: The Tempestry Project on Climate Change and Fiber Art
November 13, 2019 | 6:00–8:00 p.m. | Futures Therapy Lab
Join The Tempestry Project as they weave together knitting and fiber arts with the study of climate, to visualize climate change data in a way that’s accurate, tangible, and beautiful. By building a bridge between hard data and our own softer experiences to take comfort in tackling this heated topic, through the act of making. Drop-ins welcome.
Artist in the Lab: Ane Crabtree on Costuming Dystopia
November 20, 2019 | 6:30 p.m. | The Eli Kirk Price Room
Ane Crabtree designed the iconic handmaid costume seen in the Emmy Award winning Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale and on view in the exhibition Design for Different Futures. Hear about the role costume design can play in creating alternate worlds in series such as The Handmaid’s Tale and Westworld as well as upcoming projects. Free ticket required.
Crabtree is a costume designer for film and television. Born to a white father and a mother of Okinawan descent, Crabtree grew up in Kentucky before studying fine arts and Shakespeare at Harlaxton College in Lincolnshire, England and fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She designed the costumes for Seasons One and Two for The Handmaid’s Tale starring Elizabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Samira Wiley, Max Minghella, Yvonne Strahovski, O-T Fagbenle, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, and Amanda Brugel. Her recent work includes the Dee Rees and Cassian Elwes follow up film to Mudbound, The Last Thing He Wanted, and the Scottfree/FOX pilot for The Passage. Crabtree has been nominated for a Costume Design Guild Award for PanAm (2012), Masters of Sex (2015), and Westworld (2016), and won for The Handmaid’s Tale (2018). She also received two Emmy nominations for The Handmaid’s Tale (2017 & 2018). She is currently working on the creative presentation of The Kyd’s Exquisite Follies, a futuristic afro-punk, steam funk musical with Dee Rees and Cassian Elwes.
Artist in the Lab: Lucy Jones on Seated Design
January 8, 2020 | 6:30 p.m. | Futures Therapy Lab
Believing that designers should share, design, develop and listen to the needs of all individuals, Lucy Jones created “Seated Design,” fashion built specifically for the seated, instead of the standing, body. She is joined in conversation with Katie Samson, arts educator and disability rights advocate. Drop-ins welcome.
Artist in the Lab: Terraform ONE on Cricket Shelter, Adam Chad Brody and Jude Tallichet, Cricket Concert
Jan 15, 2020 | 6:30 p.m. | Futures Therapy Lab
Vivian Kuan and Nicolas Gervasi from Terreform ONE, an architecture and urban-design research group, discuss how their Cricket Shelter and other projects work to design against extinction.
Join farmer-artist-musicians Adam Chad Brody and Jude Tallichet as they perform alongside live crickets to explore how insects can become kin, housemates, collaborators and entertainers—in addition to being a source of nourishment. Drop-ins welcome.
Artist in the Lab: Ryan Strand Greenberg on The History of Now
Jan 22, 2020 | 6:00–8:00 p.m. | Futures Therapy Lab
Join photographer and curator of public art Ryan Strand Greenberg for an evening of investigation, creation, and reflection as we ask ourselves as individuals and as a community, “What about now should define the history we pass on to the future?” Drop-ins welcome.
Artist in the Lab: Mary Maggic on Housewives Making Drugs
Jan 29, 2020 | 6:30 p.m. | The Eli Kirk Price Room
Artist Mary Maggic explores body and gender politics and environmental toxicity through their artistic research in DIY hormone hacking, expanding on issues raised by their speculative video Housewives Making Drugs on view in the exhibition Designs for Different Futures. The event will include a urine-hormone micro-performance (Molecular Queering Agency). Free ticket required.
Artist in the Lab: Lin Yee Yuan on Mold Magazine
February 12, 2020 | 6:30 p.m. | Futures Therapy Lab
How will our relationship to food change in the future? LinYee Yuan, founder and editor of MOLD magazine, is joined in conversation with local food activists to consider how designers can address the coming international food crisis. Drop-ins welcome.
Artist in the Lab: Orkan Telhan on Breakfast Before Extinction
February 19, 2020 | 6:30 p.m. | The Eli Kirk Price Room
What possibilities do microorganisms offer in a time of climate crisis, food scarcity, and biodiversity loss? Artist and biological designer Orkan Telhan explores the different roles microorganisms can play for shaping the future of the human diet. Free ticket required.
Artist in the Lab: Adrienne / Swim Pony on The End
February 26, 2020 | 6:30 p.m. | Futures Therapy Lab
Swim Pony's Adrienne Mackey shares insights and hands-on experience gathered from creating THE END – a month-long immersive theatrical that helped audiences confront fears around life’s end, through daily, darkly playful interactions. Drop-ins welcome.
Artist in the Lab: Kate Cuffari on Experimental Materials in the Museum
March 4, 2020 | 6:30 p.m. | Dorrance Galleries
Perspectives Gallery Talk with Kate Cuffari on the challenges that materials such as sweat and seaweed in Designs for Different Futures offer in terms of museum presentation and conversation. Drop-ins welcome.
Kate Cuffari is the Associate Conservator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Perspectives Gallery Talks are conversations about art and design through a contemporary lens.
The Designer Is In
Thursdays & Saturdays | 2:00–4:00 p.m. | Futures Therapy Lab
Talk it out. One-on-one sessions with local designers offer new perspectives on your everyday life.
October 24 & 26, 2019
Maia Chao, Look at Art, Get Paid
November 7 & 9, 2019
Paul Farber, Monument Lab
November 14 & 16, 2019
Stephanie Carlisle, KieranTimberlake and Uncertain Terrain
November 21 & 23, 2019
Andrew Wit, WITO
December 5, 7, 12 & 14, 2019
Yadan Luo, OLIN
December 19 & 21, 2019
Paul Farber, Monument Lab
January 9, 11, 16, & 18, 2020
Michelle Johnson, University of Pennsylvania
January 23 & 25, 2020
Andrew Wit, WITO
January 30, February 1, 6, & 8, 2020
Scott Page, Interface Studios
February 13, 15, 20, & 22, 2020
Raja Schaar, Drexel University
February 27 & 29, March 5 & 7, 2020
Sundays | 2:00–3:00 p.m. | Meet in the Dorrance Galleries
Drop-in readings that explore narratives of the future. Artists and authors read their favorite passages from science fiction novels, comic books and literary magazines. Program free after museum admission.
October 27, 2019: Ariell Johnson, Amalgam Comics
November 10, 2019: Shivon Love
November 17, 2019: Blue Stoop
November 24, 2019: Wooden Shoe
December 8, 2019: Dr. Walter Greason
December 15, 2019: Li Sumpter, MythMedia Studios
December 22, 2019: Galactic Philadelphia
January 12, 2020: Free Library of Philadelphia
January 19, 2020: Liz Barr
January 26, 2020: Ulises
February 9, 2020: Chef Omar Tate
February 16, 2020: Jasmine Smith, Library Co. of Philadelphia
February 23, 2020: Little Berlin Zine Library
March 8, 2020: Maori Holmes, BlackStar Film Festival
Drink & Draw
Select Wednesdays | 6:00–8:00 p.m. | Great Stair Hall
Sip and sketch with local artists on the first Wednesday of each month. Drawing materials provided; bar drinks available for purchase. Included with Pay What You Wish admission.
Drink & Draw with Mary Kate McDevitt
November 6, 2019 | 6:00–8:00 p.m. | Great Stair Hall
Drink & Draw with Ladies Wine and Design
February 5, 2020 | 6:00–8:00 p.m. | Great Stair Hall
Drink & Draw with Jordan Sondler
March 4, 2020 | 6:00–8:00 p.m. | Great Stair Hall
Family Festival: Family Futures
November 3, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. | Main Building
How does design shape modern—and future—families? Visitors of all ages envision their future, from products and policies to art and activism with designer Alexis Hope. Included with Pay What You Wish admission.
Balcony Studio (All Ages)
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Create and design for your future self.
Mini Tours (Best for Kids ages 3-10)
11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Time travel through the galleries as a family.
Story Shares (Grown-up Conversations; Kids Welcome)
11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Talk family leave and more with Alexis Hope, whose advocacy is featured in the exhibition.
Stroller Tour (Grown-ups with Babies)
10:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Tours for those with the newest generation of artists in tow.
BAE Café: Breastfeeding Awareness & Empowerment (Grown-ups with Babies)
Bring your breast, chest, or bottle to BAE Café and chat with other caregivers and feeding advocates.
The Irma and Herbert Barness Endowed Lecture
November 16, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. | Perelman Auditorium
Even as gender is increasingly debated as fluid rather than binary, designers of future-oriented technologies often represent artificial intelligence through feminine stereotypes. This panel examines the gendered ways that AI and robotics are designed and the impacts that has on our futures. Research scientist Julie Carpenter will discuss her work on Q, a gender-neutral voice for use in voice assistive technologies that offers an alternative to the familiar voices of Siri and Alexa. Bruce Duncan of the Terasem Movement Foundation will present the android BINA48, which is included in a work in Designs for Different Futures and whose form is unusually modelled on a real person. Art historian Jennifer Robertson will share her research on Japan’s advanced robotics industry and the design of human-robot interfaces. Moderated by Michelle Millar Fisher, co-curator of Designs for Different Futures.
Ticket required. $10 (members $8); does not include museum admission.
Part of Untold Stories, a lecture series that asks questions about works of art we think we know.
January 31, 2020 | 6:00–10:00 p.m. | Main Building
A unique late-night experience designed in collaboration with local creatives. Get ready for music, dancing, Detours, gallery interventions, art-making, performances, and more. Collaborators include The Sun Ra Arkestra, Mary Maggic, Annie Wilson, and Zornitsa Stoyanova.
Ticket required. $28 (members $22; Young Friends and Student members $14).
January 20, 2020 | 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. | Main Building
How do we engage community in the design of our city now and for the future? Inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., spend the day of service imagining possibilities for a future Philadelphia through community conversations, a teach-in, and an all-ages activity with Tiny WPA. Drop-ins welcome.
Teach-in: A Case for Action
How can we create change? Learn from community organizers, activists and designers what steps they take to positively impact the future.
Community Conversation: Return and Go Get It
How does the past shape our future? Employing the West African concept of Sankofa, where one looks to the past for guidance for the future, participants will discuss how Dr. King’s legacy continues to inspire dreams for the future.
Design Competition for Schools
On display March 8, 2020 | Futures Therapy Lab
Stop by and see student posters that answer the question, “What would you design that supports and empowers people to bridge a divide?”
Public Exhibition Tours
Tuesdays & Thursdays |1:00 p.m. | Dorrance Galleries
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays | 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. | Dorrance Galleries
The future is wild! Don’t go it alone. Drop in for a tour of Designs for Different Futures and cap off your visit in the Futures Therapy Lab.
Designs for Different Futures is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
In Philadelphia, this exhibition is generously supported by the Annenberg Foundation Fund for Major Exhibitions, the Robert Montgomery Scott Endowment for Exhibitions, the Kathleen C. and John J.F. Sherrerd Fund for Exhibitions, Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer in Honor of Collab's 50th Anniversary, the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Laura and William C. Buck Endowment for Exhibitions, the Harriet and Ronald Lassin Fund for Special Exhibitions, the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, and an anonymous donor.
Credits as of August 29, 2019
Note: Images illustrate programs affiliated with the exhibition, though not all of them reflect works represented in the exhibition. Please contact the Press Office to verify.
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