Designs for Different Futures

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
Designs for Different Futures
  • Non-CFAD Program
  • Exhibition
  • Talk
  • Workshop
Designs for Different Futures
October 22, 2019 - March 8, 2020
Tues - Sun: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, till 8:45 PM Wed + Fri
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Dorrance Galleries
Philadelphia, PA 19130

FREE with museum admission:
$25 | Adult
$23 | Senior
$14 | Student w/ Valid ID
$0 | Children Ages 0-18

This exhibition is wholly organized and presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Art Institute of Chicago

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
Selected Thursdays & 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

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