Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Big City Forum #14

Starting at the Beginning: Discussing, Seeing, Creating

As much a workshop as a presentation, this forum will present how two individuals--one a designer/educator, the other a writer/educator—stimulate seeing and thinking as means to creativity. Come prepared to talk, listen, think, collaborate, make, remake, and reflect.

Saturday, May 8th, 2010
4 - 6 pm

Honor Fraser Gallery

2622 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 837-0191

Philip Yenawine
William Longhauser

PHILIP YENAWINE is Co Founding Director (with Abigail Housen) of Visual Understanding in Education, a non-profit developmentally-based research organization that studies how experience with art affects cognition generally. A principal result of their research is Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS.) He was Director of Education at New York¹s Museum of Modern Art from 1983-93, and has held similar positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Among other positions, he was founding director of the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado. He is the author of How to Look at Modern Art, an editor of Art Matters: How the Culture Wars Changed America, and has written six children's books about art -- Stories, Colors, Lines, Shapes, People and Places, as well as a dictionary, Key Art Terms for Beginners. He is President of Art Matters, a foundation supporting contemporary artists, and on the board of the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

WILLIAM LONGHAUSER is a graphic designer and professor. He is the Founding Director of the Outside Institute, an educational think tank dedicated to exploring new paradigms for design education. Before moving to Los Angeles in June, 2000, he was a tenured professor at the University of the Arts,
Philadelphia, where he taught in the graphic design department since 1977 and was chairman of the department for three years.

Longhauser¹s design work has consistently received awards and has been featured in international publications and exhibitions. Six of his works were included in "Typographism" an international exhibition of graphic design at the Georges Pompidou National Contemporary Art Center in Paris. His posters have been exhibited in international poster biennales held in Helsinki and Lahti, Finland; Warsaw, Poland; and Brno, Czechoslovakia. His work was in ³Design USA,² a major design exhibition traveling to nine cities in the Soviet Union. As one of seventeen graphic designers invited to represent contemporary graphic design in America, his posters were included in the exhibition, "Contemporary U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. Poster Exhibition" shown in Ohgaki, Osaka, and Tokyo, Japan.

His work has been published in Graphis Posters, Graphis Annual, Communications Arts magazine, Idea magazine, The Annual of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and Print's Design Annual. His posters are in the permanent collection of the Newark Museum of Art, The Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, and the Musee D'Histoire Contemporaine, Paris.

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