Mays Symposium | Day 1
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so they say. But how do we deﬁne beauty, and to what extent does perceived beauty—or ugliness—inﬂuence the creativity and products of artists and designers? Join our distinguished speakers for this two-day symposium as they explore the disciplines of art and design to interrogate the concept of beauty and its influence on our society.
Schedule for Day 1 of the Symposium:
Doors Open: 6:00 p.m.
Lecture with Sarah Lawrence, PhD: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception: 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Sarah Lawrence, PhD, is the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Curator-in-Charge, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to holding this position, Lawrence was the Dean of the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design, and previously the Director of the MA Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. She recieved her MA and PhD from Columbia University in Renaisance art history.
As a curator and historian, Lawrence believes the key to understanding the future of design may be hidden in our pre-industrial past. “The distinction between the ﬁne arts and the industrial arts didn’t really exist before the seventeenth century,” she says. “You wouldn’t choose between being an artist or a designer. You were understood necessarily to be both.”
Join us for her lecture entitled, “Decorative Disfunction and Functional Aesthetics.”