Amie Siegel brought a new vantage point to our series, as an artist who has deeply considered design as one aspect of her subject matter. Our conversation focused primarily on a series of works, among them: Quarry (2015), which tracks the passage of marble from its underground source in Vermont to real estate developments in Manhattan; The Architects (2014), a transversal cut through the professional landscape of that discipline; and Provenance (2013), which traces in reverse the global trade in modernist furniture from the Indian city of Chandigarh. In each case, Siegel brings an uncompromising view to systems that typically lie out of public view, clarifying the political and economic context in which design happens.
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About Design in Dialogue
Inaugurated on April 1, 2020, Design in Dialogue is a series of online interviews hosted alternately by curator and historian Glenn Adamson and designer Stephen Burks. Conversations are held on Zoom every Wednesdays for 1 hour, beginning at 11am Eastern Time, including a participatory Q&A. Please join leading voices from the field — designers, makers, critics, and curators — as they discuss their work and ideas.