2017–2018 Public Seminar Series: Mark Owens


UIC School of Design 2017–2018 Public Seminar Series
Mark Owens: Through a Glass Darkly

Mark Owens is a designer, writer, and filmmaker working between New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. In 2005 he established his studio, Life of the Mind, through which he has completed projects for a range of clients including Sternberg Press, ICA Boston, ICA Philadelphia, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2016 Mark served as guest curator at SUNY Purchase, where organized the exhibition The Surface of Design; and he is the author of a forthcoming book of essays on the intersection of design, material culture, and post-punk aesthetics. His essays have appeared in the pages of Visible Language, Grafik, Dot Dot Dot, Bricks from the Kiln, and Experimental Jetset’s recent monograph, Statement and Counter-Statement; he has taught or served as a critic at Yale, RISD, Art Center, CalArts, and PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania. He will visit CADA to discuss the parameters of design as a practice and alternative models for the profession in which designers develop their own agendas and territories.

The UIC School of Design public seminar series serves as a research platform for the school’s MDES program, stimulating broad intellectual inquiry about the values guiding the designer by promoting discourse across industrial and graphic design.

Friday, October 27
6:00–7:30 pm
Room 1100
Architecture + Design Studios

845 West Harrison Street, Chicago

This event is free and open to the public.