Raising Robotic Natives (detail), designed 2016 by Stephan Bogner, Philipp Schmitt, and Jonas Voigt (Courtesy of the designers). Photo © Stephan Bogner, Philipp Schmitt, and Jonas Voigt
Raising Robotic Natives (detail), designed 2016 by Stephan Bogner, Philipp Schmitt, and Jonas Voigt (Courtesy of the designers) Photo © Stephan Bogner, Philipp Schmitt, and Jonas Voigt
Exhibition

Designs for Different Futures

October 21, 2019–March 8, 2020

Whether it’s apocalyptic, utopian, or still up for grabs, the future is a perennial source of inspiration for designers. Join us as we explore visionary and sometimes controversial designs that promise to transform how we live, eat, heal, travel, and even love, in any number of possible futures. From lab-grown food and robotic companions to citizenship exchange, discover imaginative ideas that respond to human civilization’s future needs, desires, and fears.

 
Futures Therapy Lab

A space for conversation, critique, and creativity for those considering the ideas set forth in the exhibition. In addition to daily drop-in activities, the Lab will host weekly events. Open to visitors of all ages and free with museum admission.

Drop-in Daily Activities

Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday & Friday, 10:00 a.m.–8:45 p.m.
Thinking about possible futures is both exhilarating and anxiety-making. Work it out through art making, reading, and reflection.

Artists in the Lab

Wednesdays, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Artists and designers share their work through talks, demonstrations, and workshops.

The Designer Is In

Thursdays (except Thanksgiving) & Saturdays, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
One-on-one sessions with designers offer new perspectives on your everyday life.

Sci-Fi Sundays

Sundays (except first Sunday of the month), 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Drop-in readings that explore narratives of the future.

 
Exhibition Organizers

Designs for Different Futures is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Art Institute of Chicago.


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Pay What You Wish admission on the first Sunday of the month and every Wednesday night

Preview the Exhibition

Get a sneak peek at works in the exhibition.

Sponsors

In Philadelphia, this exhibition is generously supported by the Annenberg Foundation Fund for Major Exhibitions, the Robert Montgomery Scott Endowment for Exhibitions, the Kathleen C. and John J. F. Sherrerd Fund for Exhibitions, the Lisa Roberts and David W. Seltzer Endowment Fund, the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Laura and William C. Buck Endowment for Exhibitions, the Harriet and Ronald Lassin Fund for Special Exhibitions, the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, and an anonymous donor.

Curators

Kathryn B. Hiesinger, The J. Mahlon Buck, Jr. Family Senior Curator of European Decorative Arts after 1700, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Michelle Millar Fisher, The Louis C. Madeira Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Emmet Byrne, design director and associate curator of design, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Maite Borjabad López-Pastor, Neville Bryan Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design, the Art Institute of Chicago; and Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design, the Art Institute of Chicago; with guest curators Andrew Blauvelt, director, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and curator-at-large, Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Colin Fanning, independent scholar, Bard Graduate Center, New York; and Orkan Telhan, associate professor of fine arts, emerging design practices, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Philadelphia

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