Wind Tunnel Graduate Center for Critical Practice: 2016–17 exhibitions, symposia, and events

Wind Tunnel Graduate Center for Critical Practice: 2016–17 exhibitions, symposia, and events

ArtCenter College of Design

2016 Lab+Field thesis symposium. Courtesy Juan Posada.
October 10, 2016
Wind Tunnel Graduate Center for Critical Practice: 2016–17 exhibitions, symposia, and events

ArtCenter College of Design
Wind Tunnel Gallery
950 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105

[email protected]

Wind Tunnel Graduate Center for Critical Practice is an initiative of the graduate programs in Art and Media Design Practices at ArtCenter College of Design. The Wind Tunnel, situated between the two programs in a former supersonic jet testing facility on ArtCenter’s south campus, is a forum for speakers, conferences, exhibitions, residencies, screenings, and publications.

All events are free and open to the public. Parking is free.

September 22, 2016, 4–6pm
MDP Summer Research 2016
With Sean Donahue, Ben Hooker, Elizabeth Goodman, and Maya Gurantz

October 6, 2016, 4–6pm
David Townsend 
MDP Design Dialogues + ArtCenter Educational Partners

October 21, 2016–March 17, 2017
Double Data: exhibition 
Curated by Brad Bartlett in the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography
Opening reception: October 21, 7–9pm

November 3, 2016, 4–6pm
Janet Vertesi
MDP Design Dialogues + Toyota Lecture Series

November 7, 2016, 7:30–9:30pm
Alain Badiou
Graduate Art Lecture Series

November 17–26, 2016
The Algorithm in the Room
MDP Design Dialogues symposium + exhibition with Tim Durfee, Ben Hooker, and Mimi Zeiger
Symposium + opening: November 17, 4–9pm

December 1, 2016, 4–6pm
LEAP Dialogues
Book talk: panel discussion curated by Dr. Mariana Amatullo with Sean Donahue, Dr. Laura Forlano and Ryan Murray.
MDP Design Dialogues + Toyota Lecture Series

December 5, 2016, 7:30–9:30pm
Fred Moten
Graduate Art Lecture Series

December 15, 2016 7–10pm
Grad Art open studios + MDP work-in-progress show

February 9, 2017, 4–6pm
Elizabeth Chin
Book talk: My Life with Things
MDP Design Dialogues + Toyota Lecture Series

March 3, 2017, 4–6pm
Benjamin Bratton 
Book talk: The Stack
MDP Design Dialogues

March 9, 2017, 4–6pm
Shannon McMullen and Fabian Winkler
MDP Design Dialogues

April 13, 2017, 5–8pm
MDP/Lab+Field thesis symposium

April 20, 2017, 6–10pm
MDP/Lab+Field thesis show reception + Grad Art open studios

Priority deadline is January 15, 2017 for fall 2017 admissions into Graduate Art and Graduate Media Design Practices.


Graduate Art is an interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts program that encourages divergent ideas and methods. With a core faculty of ten internationally recognized artists and writers, ten adjunct faculty and a total of 35 students, we have one of the lowest faculty-to-student ratio among comparable MFA programs. The result is an intense work environment where concentrated art-making is assured equally concentrated and careful attention, whether within specific disciplines or among them: in film, video, photography, painting, sculpture, installation, performance and everything in between.

Graduate Media Design Practices/Lab+Field brings interdisciplinary design and emerging technology practices to a world of cultural and social change. Graduates get an MFA in Media Design through one of two tracks: Lab or Field. Lab track students use critical making in a studio context to explore the impact of new ideas from science, technology, and culture. Field track students tackle social issues in a networked global context. Students learn firsthand through fieldwork at local and international sites how to put people at the center of technological change. By transforming their interests and skills into a unique design practice, they graduate ready to define their own role in the world to come.


2016–17 exhibitions, symposia, and events presented by Graduate Art & Graduate Media Design Practices at Art Center College of Design

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