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Maloof Symposium

September 16, 2016

McEvoy Auditorium

9:00am - 5:00pm


Furniture and the Future


Program Description:

Today, studio furniture and related fields are rapidly changing to embrace digital technologies and marketplaces, yet sometimes the pressure to keep up with advances eclipses our opportunity to reflect on their meaning.  As objects of utility, fashion, and status, furniture pieces have a remarkable capacity not only to reflect social currents, but also to subtly shape them.  Presented jointly by the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery and the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation, this one-day symposium will examine historical and contemporary design and production of furniture and related objects in light of the fundamental changes brought about by the digital age, considering not only how furniture is transforming to meet the needs of contemporary society, but also the broader implications of why we make, what we make, and how it affects our world. 


The Schedule for Maloof Symposium     

September 16, 2016



10:00 a.m.                                                               Welcome and Introduction

Nora Atkinson, Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, Renwick Gallery and

Jim Rawitsch, Director, The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for the Arts and Crafts


10:15 a.m.                                                               Keynote Address

Dr. Michael J. Prokopow, Dean of Graduate Studies, Ontario College of Art and Design University


10:45 a.m.                                                               Morning Lectures

Paul Sacaridiz, Executive Director, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and

Witold Rybczynski, Architect/Author


12:15 p.m.                                                        Question and Answer Session


12:30–2:00 p.m.                                                    Lunch Break (on your own)


2:00 p.m.                                                         Rapid-Fire Artist Presentations

Wendell Castle

Wendy Maruyama

Bill Hilgendorf and Jason Horvath, Uhuru Design

Christy Oates

Larry White

Vivian Beer


3:30 p.m.                                                           Panel Discussion with Artists

Moderated by Glenn Adamson, Independent Curator


4:15 p.m.                                                                 Break


4:30 p.m.                                                                 Final Summation

Glenn Adamson


5:00 p.m.                                                             Question and Answer Session


5:20 p.m.                                                                 Closing Remarks

Nora Atkinson


5:30 p.m.                                                                 Reception