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Virtual Member Conversation: Look Again!—Murray Moss on the Thorne Miniature Rooms and Other Icons of Traditional Design

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Narcissa Niblack Thorne

Join Murray Moss, founder of the renowned New York design and art gallery MOSS, and Ellenor Alcorn, chair and Eloise W. Martin Curator of Applied Arts of Europe, for a lively and fearless discussion in which they rethink some stalwart emblems of conventional design, including the Art Institute’s own Thorne Miniature Rooms. They explore a range of topics—from America’s peculiar fascination with the Colonial Revival to ways of discovering unexpected inspiration, wit, and delight in the most traditional spaces.

About the Speaker

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Murray Moss is the founder and creative mind behind internationally renowned design gallery MOSS, established in 1994, and Moss Bureau, a design consultancy founded in 2012 with Franklin Getchell.

He has conceived and curated over a hundred influential exhibitions at Moss in New York and Los Angeles, as well as other venues, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Museum Fur Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt; Collective Design Fair, New York; and the Warhol Foundation in Pittsburgh.

Moss has written three books: Georg Jensen: Reflections, (Rizzoli, 2014); Baccarat: Two Hundred and Fifty Years (Rizzoli, 2013); and Tertium Quid (August Editions, 2013). In addition, he and Franklin Getchell authored a fourth book—Please Do Not Touch (Rizzoli, 2018).

Please note that all event times listed are in central time.

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