During opening events for the major exhibition ‘Graphic Design: Now in Production’
at the RISD Museum, we installed and ran a pop-up press in the museum, producing and distributing student authored critical guides to the exhibition.
Publications designed by students from the RISD class ‘Graphic Design Now’
The guides, designed by students from Anther’s course Graphic Design Now, each identified, analyzed, and engaged a theme or idea in the exhibition. The culmination of a five week studio project, they presented writing and research that traced connections amongst pieces in the exhibition, and between the exhibition and the wider field of graphic design.
Guide designed by Chloe Scheffe
Guide designed by Morgan Ruby
Guide designed by Struthi Kainady
Guide designed by Tian Chan
As a site of graphic design production transplanted into the museum space, the press was also in critical dialogue with its surroundings. Like its sister installation, the ‘Office of Now,’ ‘Critical Productions’ set out to recontextualize graphic design in the museum as a mode of visual cultural production defined by its modes of (mass) production and distribution.