Video: Andrew Blauvelt

Walker Virtual Design Collection: Minnesota Edition

Filmed on October 10, 2013, at “Head, Heart, Hand: AIGA Design Conference

About this video

The Walker Art Center has been an advocate of design for nearly 75 years. Despite the hundreds of exhibitions, programs, publications and projects undertaken by its award-winning in-house design studio, the center has not collected design or architecture in any formal way. In this presentation, Andrew Blauvelt attempts to rectify that omission by presenting a virtual design collection comprised of examples drawn from around the state of Minnesota that amplify the conference theme of “Head, Heart, Hand.” From the surprising and off-beat to the canonical and reverential, think of this as a virtual bus tour of Minnesota design without leaving the comfort and safety of your seat.

Speaker bio

Andrew Blauvelt, chief of communications and audience engagement at the Walker Art Center, oversees interpretation, communications, publishing and visitor experience across all media platforms. From 1998 to 2010, he served as design director of the Walker, which received the 2009 National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement—the first nonprofit organization to be recognized in that category. Blauvelt also serves as curator of architecture and design at the Walker, where he has organized traveling exhibitions on topics including the contemporary suburban landscape of America, the contemporary prefabricated house and, most recently, “Graphic Design: Now in Production” with the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Prior to his tenure at the Walker, Blauvelt taught the practice and theory of design in several graduate programs including North Carolina State University, Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Jan van Eyck Academie in the Netherlands. He writes about design, art and culture for a variety of publications.