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Conversation: David Reinfurt and Larissa Harris
Join us at 7:30pm EST for a live Zoom conversation between designer David Reinfurt and Larissa Harris, a curator at the Queens Museum. Reinfurt will discuss the connection between designer Bruno Munari’s teaching residency at Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and Reinfurt’s recent publication, A *New* Program for Graphic Design.

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In the spring of 1967, Italian designer Bruno Munari was invited to the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University to teach a short course in graphic design. For four months, Munari led students to develop an inventory of new methods and techniques for graphic design. The course was later compiled into a textbook, Design e Comunicazione Visiva.

A *New* Program for Graphic Design (hyperlink: https://a-new-program-for-graphic-design.org
) is a do-it-yourself textbook that builds on mid-to-late-20th-century pedagogical models to convey advanced principles of contemporary design for a general reader. Rooted in three courses (Typography, Gestalt, and Interface) initially developed for liberal arts students at Princeton University, the book provides a broad introduction from Benjamin Franklin to Bruno Munari, Moholy-Nagy to Muriel Cooper and the Macintosh computer. A *New* Program for Graphic Design is co-published by Inventory Press, Los Angeles, and Distributed Art Publishers, New York.

In 1967, Bruno Munari said: "Knowledge of the new means of visual communication is indispensable for a designer who has to operate in the heart of society. After the invention of the compass, nobody makes circles by hand anymore."

Nov 19, 2020 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Larissa Harris
Curator @Queens Museum
Harris is a curator at the Queens Museum, where she organized Red Lines Housing Crisis Learning Center with Damon Rich (2009); The Curse of Bigness (2010); Pedro Reyes? People?s United Nations (pUN) (2013); and a 30-year retrospective of Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) (2014). She co-organized 13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World?s Fair (2014) with Nicholas Chambers at the Andy Warhol Museum; and with critic Patti Phillips, the first survey of the work of Mierle Laderman Ukeles (2016). Upcoming exhibitions include After the Plaster Foundation, or, ?Where can we Live?? and The Conference of the Animals, a new commission with Ulrike Mueller, both opening Fall 2020.
David Reinfurt
Graphic Designer and Writer
Reinfurt is an independent graphic designer and writer in New York City. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1993 and received an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1999. Reinfurt worked as an interaction designer with IDEO (San Francisco) from 1995–1997. At IDEO, he was the lead designer for the New York City MTA Metrocard vending machine interface, still in use by millions of people every day thirteen years later. On the first business day of 2000, Reinfurt formed O-R-G inc., a flexible graphic design practice composed of a constantly shifting network of collaborators.