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Art lecture will focus on postmodern design

Glenn Adamson, deputy head of research and head of graduate studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, will present a lecture April 10 at 5:30 p.m. in room S151 of the Lamar Dodd School of Art.

His lecture will focus on recent transformations of craft as viewed through the lens of his experience curating the exhibition Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970-1990. The exhibition was on display at the Victoria and Albert Kensington from September 2011–January 2012 and is now part of a touring exhibition.

Adamson’s talk will include behind-the-scenes images and insights about putting together this major exhibition. He’ll include stories about production during the period: How were postmodern buildings and objects made? What do these stories about craft and industry tell us about the postmodern moment? And how should we look at the history of postmodern craft and design from the perspective of the present day?

Adamson’s duties at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, include leading a graduate program of study in the history of design. He serves as co-editor of the tri-annual Journal of Modern Craft and is the author of Thinking Through Craft and an anthology titled The Craft Reader.  His other publications include Industrial Strength Design: How Brooks Stevens Shaped Your World and Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets Its Maker.

Adamson’s lecture is part of the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series in the art school.