A two-day symposium on Alexander Girard

October 18-19, 2019

In conjunction with the exhibition Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe, organized by Vitra Design Museum.

Girard: Culture x Design is a two-day symposium about Alexander Girard, a luminary of modern design whose close engagement with traditional arts, whimsical toys, and everyday objects from around the world was a rich visual resource. Symposium speakers and moderated discussions will examine Girard through various lenses in order to create a more complex and textured understanding of his place in the history of American design as well as his approach to the collecting and exhibiting of global material culture.

Museum of International Folk Art
706 Camino Lejo
On Museum Hill in Santa Fe


Full Access Tickets:

Two-day symposium with all sessions, continental breakfast and lunch both days, and invitation to the Closing Party on Saturday, October 19.

  • $200 for MNMF Members
  • $225 for non-MNMF Members
  • $85 Single day admission. Does not include closing party at SITE Santa Fe.

Other Tickets:

  • $100 Closing Party at SITE Santa Fe only
  • $150 for students with valid ID, Museum of International Folk Art volunteers and docents (with special code)
  • A limited number of student scholarships are available. To inquire, contact Leslie Fagre leslie.fagre@state.nm.us
  • For all other questions contact folkartcuratorial@gmail.com

Friday, October 18, 2019

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Engaging Cultures
Vernick Auditorium

9:00 a.m.             Continental Breakfast

9:40 a.m.            Welcome and Introduction, Todd Oldham

10:00 a.m.          Lecture by Khristaan Villela, PhD Executive Director, Museum of International Folk Art

11:00 a.m.           Lecture by Ira Jacknis, PhD, Senior Research Anthropologist, Emeritus, Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Catered lunch, museum atrium

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.    Case Study Conversation

Kymberly N. Pinder, PhD, Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs, MassArt

Felicia Katz-Harris, Senior Curator/Curator of Asian & Oceanic Folk Art, Museum of International Folk Art

Matthew Martinez, PhD, Deputy Director, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Charlene Cerny, Director Emerita, Museum of International Folk Art, Curatorial Coordinator of Girard exhibition Multiple Visions: A Common Bond (1979-81)

By Design

Vernick Auditorium

9:00 a.m.             Continental breakfast

9:40 a.m.             Welcome and Introduction, Todd Oldham

10:00 a.m.           Lecture by Amy Auscherman, Archivist, Herman Miller

11:00 a.m.           Lecture by Jochen Eisenbrand, PhD, Chief Curator, Vitra Design Museum

Catered lunch, museum atrium

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.    Case Study Conversation

Monica Obniski, PhD, Demmer Curator of 20th– and 21st-Century Design, Milwaukee Art Museum

Katherine White, Associate Curator, The Henry Ford

Rachel Preston Prinz, Founding Director, Archinia + Architecture for EveryBody

Shawn Evans, AIA, Principal, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects

5:30 p.m.             Closing party at SITE Santa Fe