Rick Kaufman, founder of Art et Industrie, joined us to share the story of this legendary gallery. Founded in 1977, Art et Industrie soon became the most important venue for avant garde design in the USA. The first gallery in this country to exhibit Studio Alchymia and Ron Arad, it ultimately found its lifeblood in a core group of American artists, among them Forrest Myers, Terence Main, Howard Meister, Michele Oka Doner, and Dan Friedman. In our interview, we discussed some of these practices in depth and also explore the downtown scene of the 1980s, of which Art et Industrie was a part, as well as international currents in radical design.
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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.