The Rhode Island School of Design just announced their Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition. The show opens May 20 and is on view through June 5, 2010.
For the first time, the 2010 RISD Graphic Design MFA candidates have elected to stage a special extension to the exhibition in the form of a fully-functioning shop called “Make, Do.” During the course of the exhibition and in other cities throughout the summer, these designers will apply formal and conceptual research from their thesis projects to a variety of products including books, T-shirts, office products, housewares, and more. In so doing, “Make, Do” acknowledges the exhibition’s Convention Center context and design’s role in the marketplace more generally. Taken along with the exhibition’s highly interdisciplinary curatorial strategy, “Make, Do” serves as a platform for questions about art and commerce, theory and practice, and design’s value both within the academy and beyond.