Portland, Maine – The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art is pleased to announce the opening of DesignInquiry: Futurespective, an exhibition from Guest Curators Margo Halverson, Denise Gonzales Crisp, Gabrielle Esperdy, and Emily Luce. On view October 4 – December 14, 2019, with a public Opening Reception on Friday, October 4, 5 – 8PM.

DesignInquiry: Futurespective is a series of activities and installations that demonstrate how DesignInquiry engages in open-ended extra-disciplinary exchange. "Futurespective demonstrates how our practices unfold in design and everywhere. These practices are as diverse as the Inquirers themselves: we draw, write, weave, and cook; we discuss, debate, and document. Through these practices, which are conceptual as well as material, we query the way design informs culture and culture informs design," said DesignInquiry Co-Curators Margo Halverson, Denise Gonzales Crisp, Gabrielle Esperdy, and Emily Luce.

On display in the galleries are objects and projects that present the experience of DesignInquiry as a real-time gathering and explore the process of DesignInquiry as a collective practice of thinking and making. Visiting designers, design scholars, and designers-in-residence interact with MECA faculty, students, and the Portland community in scheduled and impromptu Futurespective events, including weekly common hours, real and virtual discussions on the future of design with practitioners around the world, a pop-up Inquiry exploring DesignInquiry’s 2019-2020 topic Currency, and a day-long Convivium (like a symposium, only friendlier) sharing the outcomes of projects that demonstrate a longer arc of DesignInquiry practices.

Exhibition Participants:
For a full list of DesignInquiry participants, please visit the exhibition site.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the ICA will host designers-in-residence, visiting designers and design scholars, and various pop-up events.

September 30 – October 4, 2019
Residency: Steve Bowden and Peter Evonuk

Wednesday, October 2, 2019: 6PM
MECA Visiting Artist Lecture: Rod Sayers

Friday, October 4, 2019: 5 – 8PM
Opening Reception & First Friday Art Walk

October 4 – October 13, 2019
Residency: AK/OK (M. Wright & Kate Jarboe)

October 10 – October 13, 2019
DesignInquiry Pop-Up CURRENCY

October 28 – November 3, 2019
Residency: Nick Liadis

October 31, 2019: 6PM
MECA Visiting Artist Lecture: Matt Soar

November 1 – November 5, 2019
Residency: Denise Gonzales Crisp + The Fugacious Collective (NCState MGD students)

November 2, 2019: 10AM – 5PM
Convivium [Symposium]

November 4 – November 10, 2019
Residency: Tricia Treacy and Arzu Ozkal

December 5, 2019: 6PM
MECA Visiting Artist Lecture: Bethany Johns

December 6, 2019: 5 – 8PM
First Friday Art Walk featuring o t i t o (a palindrome); a performative dance piece from Sondra Graff and Petra van Noort

December 6, 2019: 5:30 – 10PM
Not the Holiday Sale

December 7, 2019: 10AM – 5PM
Not the Holiday Sale

Note to media: For exhibition images, photo credits and captions, please visit this link. For more information about the exhibition, please visit this link.

About DesignInquiry: DesignInquiry is a non-profit educational organization that explores pressing issues in design and culture. We are a collective of thinkers and makers devoted to extra-disciplinary exchange with a changing roster of designers, artists, scholars, teachers, architects, historians, critics, writers and other practitioners carrying out and sustaining our work. For more than a decade DesignInquiry has spearheaded intensive team-based gatherings and shared the diverse outcomes and publications, influenced design research and teaching methods, and has inspired professional designers to rethink what design can be and can do.

Contact: Leah Igo Brooks, Director of Marketing & Communications; 207.699.5010, ligo@meca.edu

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