Exceptional: A History of Industrial Design in the USA

6 March 2020
  • 06:00 - 08:00
  • Friday, March 6, 2020
    Lecture at 6:00 p.m.
    Reception at 7:00 p.m.
    O'Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC) Auditorium

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Please join us for the second lecture in the 2019-2020 Department of Art History Speaker Series.

Dr. Carma Gorman, Associate Professor at the Univeristy of Texas - Austin, presents the lecture Exceptional: A History of Industrial Design in the USA.

In this talk, Dr. Carma Gorman discusses her forthcoming book Exceptional: A History of Industrial Design in the USA, which is the first book to demonstrate the central role that American lawmakers and laws have played in shaping the distinctive national character of American industrial design. Rather than crediting the unique character of American industrial design to American designers' exceptional ingenuity or to American consumers' idiosyncratic tastes, Gorman argues that manufacturers have shaped the distinctive national character of American design by altering the forms of their products in response to the shifting constraints and affordances of US laws.