Jonathan Mekinda to participate in Chicago Humanities Festival Panel

Midcentury Design and Opportunity, a conversation exploring the social, artistic, entrepreneurial, and political opportunities of Chicago's midcentury design industry, will take place in Preston Bradley Hall at Chicago Cultural Center on November 11.

Panelists include art historian Maggie Taft, artist David Hartt, architecture and design historian Jonathan Mekinda, and Chris Dingwall, co-curator of the Chicago Cultural Center's exhibition African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce, and the Politics of Race. The discussion will place  particular focus on how African American and white designers differently navigated their roles within the field and resolved their radical politics with the commercial dictates of that industry. 

The program is presented as part of Chicago Humanities Festival, FallFest GRAPHIC! for which the Terra Foundation for American Art is the Lead Partner.