The MFA Design Department is opening â€śUnleashed,â€ť the latest iteration of its annual exhibition of thesis projects, at the Visual Arts Gallery. Curated by Ada Whitney, a faculty member and co-founder and creative director of broadcast design firm Beehive, the show presents products, campaigns and services developed by 21 students graduating from the program, each one designed to be both commercially viable and culturally significant.
Among the projects on view are Marlyn Dantesâ€™ Sentimentalyst, a Web application that evaluates bias in news coverage; Matt Luckhurstâ€™s Illuminated Atheist, proposing a new way to approach Atheism; Dohun Parkâ€™s PoĂ©tiq, which combines poetry with everyday objects, encouraging individuals to find inspiration in the mundane; Ashley Stevensâ€™ The Ah Project, which provides an online outlet for families and friends of loved ones with mental illness;Â Mariana Uchoaâ€™s Iâ€™m a Designer and I Canâ€™t Draw, a book for designers about visualizing ideas; and James Yangâ€™s iPhone application Lazy Green, which teaches aspiring environmentalists effective ways of saving energy.
â€śUnleashedâ€ť will be on view at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th Floor, from April 30 â€“ May 15; there will be an opening reception on Tuesday, May 4, 6 â€“ 8pm. (And check out a behind-the-scenes look at the installation of “Unleashed” on the department’s blog.)
Images: (top) Matt Luckhurst, Illuminated Atheist, 2010; (bottom) Ashley Stevens, The Ah Project, 2010.