Talk and screening
Re-Considering Canon in a Diverse World
What constitutes a design-historical canon? Why are certain histories represented in museums and others excluded? Leading curators examine the formation of canon in today’s diverse world.
Works of design deemed to be “canonical”, are usually those that have a broad influence, are displayed prominently in museum collections, and are subjects of academic scholarship. But the design-historical canon is often placed under harsh critique due to its lack of diversity when it comes to representation and treatment of class, race, and gender.
For decades, women and non-western designers, particularly those of African, Asian and South American origin, have been overlooked, and in many cases excluded, from design history. What impact does this have on our understanding of design? How do we select objects, people, and events to become part of design history?
This event is part of the Re-Considering Canon exhibition and is in collaboration with the MA Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston School of Art.