• April 3, 2009
  • Posted by Marc

This Saturday in Boston: “Design as Social Agent Day”


If you haven’t yet made it out to Shepard Fairey’s retrospective show Supply and Demand at the ICA in Boston, this Saturday is a terrific time to take it in, as the ICA and AIGA is presenting “Design as Social Agent Day”.

Saturday, April 4, 10 am - 5 pm

Through a full day of presentations, interviews, gallery tours, author talks, and more, this program considers the place of Shepard Fairey’s work in a powerful design history of civic empowerment and resistance, seeks to understand how images resonate and gain momentum, examines the latest trends in communication and messaging, and discusses the implicit challenges of social agency in design.

Featuring speakers from fields of design, street art, music, and advertising, the programs explore the intersection of visual culture and social transformation, and how our understanding of originality, plagiarism, legality, and the artistic process has been exploded.

Main Stage Talks
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater
Tickets: $25 general admission; $15 ICA and AIGA members, seniors, and students
Ticket holders will have access to programs in the Bank of America Art Lab, State Street Corporation Lobby, and galleries. Admission to those programs is on a first-come, first-served basis.

*Special offer: Buy tickets for 2 or more Main Stage Talks and get one FREE (on all sales starting April 1, 2009; phone or in-person sales only)*

Culture and Resistance
10 am
With Kevin Grady, Caleb Neelon, Project Director for PIXNIT Productions, and Elizabeth Resnick

Elegant Dissent and Anarchy
11:30 am
With Elliott Earls

The Obama Effect: What Art Did for Advertising
12:45 pm
With Pete Favat and Nicholas Blechman

Steve Heller, Iron Fists: Branding the 20th-Century Totalitarian State
2 pm

Something Borrowed, Something True
3:30 pm
With Kevin Grady, Steve Heller, Nicholas Blechman, and Elliott Earls more

Also in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, between Main Stage Talks:
Tickets are not required

The Good, the Bad & the Runway
Student designers at the School of Fashion Design create characters and design garments that comment on the heroes, the villains, and the stars of fashion. Original graphic stencil artwork will be on display, one-of-a-kind garments will be modeled, and student designers will be on hand to discuss the meaning and the messages behind their work. This project was created and facilitated by SFD instructor and the Executive Director of Boston Fashion Week, Jay Calderin. Student created comic books with original designs at www.thegoodthebadtherunway.com

Happenings in the Bank of America Art Lab
Admission is free with a ticket to any main stage talk. Admission to these programs is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Social Networking for Social Good: What Stickers, Facebook and Flickr do that Press and Advertising Don’t
10:45 am

The Many Mutations of Viral Marketing
12:15 am

The Next Generation
Organized in partnership with the Berwick Research Institute
2:15 pm

Author Talk: Caleb Neelon
3:30 pm

Action in the State Street Corporation Lobby

Book Signing: Kevin Grady
12 pm

Book Signing: Steven Heller
1 pm

Book Signing: Nicholas Blechman
2:15 pm

Book Signing: Caleb Neelon
4:15 pm

In the Galleries
Hear differing perspectives on Shepard Fairey’s work, and see it through the eyes of designers, artists, critics, and curator with gallery talks scheduled throughout the day.

10 am Designer’s Eye: Fritz Klaetke
11 am Critic’s Eye: Cait Curran
12 pm Artist’s Eye: Project Director for PIXNIT Productions
1 pm Curator’s Eye: Randi Hopkins
2 pm Artist’s Eye: Caleb Neelon
3 pm Designer’s Eye: Rochelle Seltzer

Listen to exclusive music playlists from Brett Anthony Johnson, Interpol, Roger Miller of Mission of Burma, designers Kevin Grady and Clif Stoltze, and artists Caleb Neelon and the Project Director for PIXNIT Productions.

Video Box
10 am - 5 pm
Bank of America Art Lab
Share your views and tell us what you think in the video box, located in the art lab. What has been answered and what has not been addressed in the day’s program? Footage will be regularly projected in the theater between programs. Hear your views, share your thoughts, and have the day’s speakers consider what you say.