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D-Crit Lecture with Russell Flinchum: “The Other Half of Henry Dreyfuss”

MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts,

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Dreyfuss, the most important figure in the innovation of anthropometrics in the industrial design process, was a complex figure who was supported by a talented staff that included his wife, Doris Marks, and Alvin Tilley, who drew the celebrated charts of “Joe and Josephine,” the “typical” Americans who were the subject of The Measure of Man (1960). In this presentation, which draws upon his own extensive archive of Dreyfuss material, Dr. Flinchum will introduce Dreyfuss’s firm and illuminate the complexities of its working processes.

Russell Flinchum has been the Archivist of the Century Association Archives Foundation in New York since 1999 and faculty at SVA MFA Design Criticism since 2008. He is the author of American Design (MoMA/5 Continents, 2009) as well as Henry Dreyfuss, Industrial Designer: The Man in the Brown Suit, which garnered several awards including an AIA International Architecture Book Award and the Decorative Arts Society’s Charles F. Montgomery Award. In 1997 he was the guest curator of “Henry Dreyfuss, Directing Design: The Industrial Designer and His Work, 1929–1972” at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Flinchum, who received a PhD from The Graduate Center at City University of New York in 1998, is a frequent lecturer at conferences and design schools. He recently profiled GM designer Harley Earl in the first issue of Modern magazine.

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136 West 21 Street
New York, NY

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts,

SVA MFA Design Criticism Department

136 West 21 Street, Second Floor (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues)
Subway: F, V at 23rd Street; 1 at 23rd Street

The SVA MFA in Design Criticism is a pioneering two-year graduate program that trains students to research, analyze, and evaluate design and its social and environmental implications. Students study with some of the best design writers and thinkers of our time, including MoMA’s senior curator of Architecture and Design Paola Antonelli, Design Observer blogger Alexandra Lange, and New York Times critic Phil Patton. They learn how to curate an exhibition, produce a radio segment, launch a blog, edit a publication, host a lecture series, and stage a major conference. 

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

On Tuesday evenings at D-Crit we present lectures by the most thoughtful and provocative writers, editors, designers, and curators practicing today in the interrelated fields of design, architecture and urban planning. Selected to supplement our curriculum with their original methods and alternative viewpoints, these speakers inspire and challenge our students. Our students, in turn, through the discussion they lead, help illuminate the concerns and priorities of design criticism today. 

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