HDCS Thesis Defense 5pm + Gallery Opening 6:30pm

Thursday May 19th MA History of Design & Curatorial studies graduating student Oliver Graney will defend his thesis from 5–7pm in room 301, followed by a celebration of the work he’s been doing for Boisbuchet’s summer exhibition in the Gallery at 6:30pm. You are cordially invited to join us for either, or both!


Oliver’s thesis, “News from Nowhere Here and Now: An Analysis of the Contemporary Relevance of William Morris’s Utopia”, looks at the 1890 utopian novel News from Nowhere by the British designer William Morris and uses it as a lens through which to understand contemporary expanded definitions of design. Oliver also explores the contemporary relevance of Morris’s specific brand of design-influenced revolutionary socialism and how designers are engaging with and interpreting his legacy. By looking at the contemporary relevance of Morris’s ideas, this paper analyzes the importance of the bread metaphor to Jerszy Seymour’s New Dirty Enterprises, the importance of digital technology to Xavier Antin’s two exhibitions News from Nowhere and Or An Epoch of Rest, and the importance of the utopian novel format to Will Holder’s The Middle of Nowhere.

Join us for the thesis defense Thursday, May 19th at 5pm in room 301.


As part of a partnership between Domaine de Boisbuchet and Parsons Paris, a satellite of the exhibition “Origins of a Work” will be presented in the Parsons Paris gallery from May 19th to June 6th. It will question the authentic and original and explore the origins of the creative process through the objects of design. This exhibitions initiates a dialogue between the objects about the creative process, the origins of inspiration, authorship, and the endless fascination with the original.

The show will be on display during Paris D’DAYs, from May 20th to June 6th in the Parsons Paris Gallery.

Join us at 6:30pm on May 19th in the Gallery for a toast!