Oblong’s MAD Curator-at-Large

Jen Üner

New York’s Museum of Arts & Design has just appointed Oblong CEO John Underkoffler Curator-at-Large for a new topic at the museum centered on design technology.

He is one of two new curators appointed, and it’s great validation for the importance of design+tech. This appointment is a natural outgrowth of John’s award-winning work and the work of Oblong’s interaction-focused designers and engineers. John will be working with MAD Director Chris Scoates to mount new exhibitions at MAD, engage leading international designers, and advance the Museum’s scholarship and collecting practice.

Says John, “The future will show that right about now was the time that the old art-and-science (or design-and-technology) hybrid went from being an occasional novelty to being a crucial mode for addressing the planet's most urgent problems and opportunities. I am thrilled to assist MAD in illuminating—and I expect also to some extent catalyzing—this evolution. And part of the excitement for me is participating at a moment when Chris Scoates’ galvanizing leadership is moving the Museum toward a more and more central role in such important dialogues.” 

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields and presents the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. Since the Museum’s founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. For more information about MAD, visit madmuseum.org

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