COLLAB: Sharing 50 Years of Great Design

November 4, 2019 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2019 Festival

In March 1970 after several months of meetings, a “launching party” was held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to introduce to the public what would become COLLAB. In November 2019, COLLAB invites you to celebrate five decades of supporting design at the Museum.

COLLAB 50 | Saturday, November 16th | Dinner Dance 7pm – 11pm | Philadelphia Museum of Art | Info:

A friends group of the Museum, COLLAB supports the collection of Modern and Contemporary Design by

  • hosting international luminaries through the Design Excellence Award;
  • encouraging the next generation through the Student Design Competition;
  • making design accessible to the public through events, tours, day trips, talks, family programs and publications; and
  • contributing exceptional works of design to the Museum, from appliances and electronics to furniture, objects, posters, wallpaper and lighting.

Through COLLAB’s efforts, the collection has grown from 200 objects in 1970, to over 3000 today. Design exhibitions are held in the COLLAB Gallery in the Museum’s Perelman Building, named by longtime board member Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer, as well as other locations in the Museum’s main building.

Designs for Different Futures 10/22/19 – 3/8/20

As we toast 50 years of innovation and creativity, we turn our attention to the next 50 years with the path-breaking exhibition Designs for Different Futures, October 22, 2019 – March 8, 2020. Apocalyptic, utopian and 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 and driverless cars, discover imaginative ideas that respond to human civilization’s future needs, desires, and fears. This exhibition will travel to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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