To celebrate the virtual launch of Inside Out & Upside Down: Posters from CalArts 1970–2019, exhibition curator and CalArts graphic design faculty Michael Worthington sits down for a conversation with co-organizers and CalArts alumni Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton and Silas Munro, moderated by REDCAT Exhibitions Manager Carmen Amengual.
This is the first of a series of conversations that will critically address the exhibition in relation to issues of inclusion and representation in the field of graphic design and graphic design education. Organized by Arceneaux-Sutton and Munro, these salons will host CalArts alumni, guest designers, artists, and educators in a lively set of virtual conversations.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Southeastern Louisiana University and faculty in the MFA Program in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Art. Tasheka is the principal of Blacvoice Graphic Design Studio who does work for small businesses, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Tasheka’s research focuses on the discovery of Black people whose work has been omitted from the graphic design history canon. She’s also interested in the visual representation of black people in the media and popular culture, especially through the lens of stereotypes. Tasheka holds an MFA from CalArts, where she also worked as a graphic designer in the office of Public Affairs and a BA from Loyola University New Orleans.
Silas Munro is a partner of Polymode, a bi-coastal design studio that creates poetic, and research-informed design with clients in the cultural sphere and community-based organizations including MoMA, The Phillips Collection, The New Museum, Mark Bradford at the Venice Biennale. Munro’s writing appears in the book, W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America published by Princeton Architectural Press. The project is featured in articles in Smithsonian Magazine, The New Yorker, Black Perspectives. He has been a visiting critic at MICA, RISD, and Yale University. Munro is an Associate Professor at Otis College of Art and Design and Advisor, and Chair Emeritus at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Michael Worthington is the founding partner of Counterspace (Los Angeles), a graphic design studio specializing in editorial and identity work for cultural clients. His book designs include Problems and Provocations, Drawing Ambience, Made in L.A. 2012, and More Real, as well as catalogues for Mark Bradford, William Leavitt, Amanda Ross-Ho, Dan Graham and Mona Hatoum. His work has been published widely and exhibited in Belgium, Italy, England, the Czech Republic, El Salvador, Japan, France, China and the US, and he has lectured in Korea, Belgium, Holland, Australia, England, France, Mexico and across America. He has been a judge for the California Design Biennial, Output, the AIGA and the ADC and curated the design show “Two Lines Align” at REDCAT. His writing has been published in Eye, Print, Slanted, and Threaded magazines, and various design books, including Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936–86. Michael runs the Graphic Design Poster Archive at CalArts, he edited and published the book Inside Out & Upside Down: Posters from CalArts 1980–2019, and curated the accompanying exhibition at REDCAT. His online graphic design and UI/UX courses have nearly half a million learners from around the world. He has taught at the California Institute of the Arts since 1995.