Design Lecture Series: Prem Krishnamurthy

Prem Krishnamurthy,
Wednesday (April 3rd) – 10:30am,
Civic Square Building – Room 218C

“Prem Krishnamurthy is a founding principal of the design studio Project Projects and the director/curator of the multidisciplinary exhibition space P!. In addition to working on commissions with Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Harvard University, The Jewish Museum, MoMA, RISD Museum, SALT, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery, he has co-edited books and publications such as MATRIX/Berkeley: A Changing Exhibition of Contemporary Art (Project Projects with Elizabeth Thomas), PRINT magazine’s January 2011 special “Collaboration” issue, and the art journal Paper Monument. He has lectured at institutions ranging from the Walker Art Center, GAMeC Symposium of Emerging Curators, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, SALT, Platform Garanti, and Bauhaus University Weimar. Krishnamurthy has received grants from the Graham Foundation and the New York State Council for the Arts for his independent curatorial research. In September 2012, he launched the multidisciplinary exhibition space P! in New York’s Chinatown. Since its founding, the space has been featured in publications including ArtforumArt in AmericaFriezeSurfaceDesign ObserverThe New Yorker, and The Atlantic.”

Pictured: WORKac, 2018 by Wkshps

“Directed by Chris Wu & Prem Krishnamurthy, Wkshps is a multidisciplinary design workshop that seeds and shapes identities. With decades of practice and a diversity of perspectives, Wkshps launches dynamic identities for experiences of all scales—from brands to biennials. Wkshps follows the renowned design studio Project Projects (2004–2017), recipient of the Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award for Communication Design.”

“Wkshps’ robust, forward-thinking identity systems express themselves across media—including logos, communication programs, websites, online platforms, books, publications, printed matter, exhibitions, and spatial experiences. A discovery-driven design process, paired with a collaborative, hands-on approach, results in successful outcomes for art institutions, non-profits, public organizations, and global brands alike. Wkshps integrates cutting-edge design and agility with deep cultural knowledge and strategic insight.”

“How can a cutting-edge identity morph for new audiences? In 2007, architecture and planning studio WORKac commissioned us to create a provocative and ever-changing identity and website. They came back to us in 2018 to rethink the site for today. Our completely reimagined website generates a rich-multimedia experience out of the firm’s evolving portfolio.”

Further Reading:
OS X – 1001 page .pdf file, v 5.0.0
Designers (and Erstwhile Gallerist) Prem Krishnamurthy and Chris Wu on Wkshps, Their New Design Studio,” ARTnews