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Professor’s Work Featured in MOMA, “Designing Modern Women” Exhibit

A poster by Tom Klinkowstein, professor of graphic design and new media, is on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as part of the exhibition Designing Modern Women. Professor Klinkowstein, a faculty member in Hofstra’s Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History, created the poster in 1980 for performance artist Laurie Anderson. Designing Modern Women is on display in the museum’s third floor Architecture and Design Gallery through October 5, 2014.

The “punk/post punk” lithograph, 10 3/8” x 16 1/2”, was designed for a benefit concert given by Anderson, Glenn Branca and Peter Gordon, sponsored by Volume, an archive of new music. The piece was a gift to MOMA from Lawrence Benenson.

According to the MOMA website, criteria for an acquisition includes works that “remain on the cusp of innovation … Here is the ultimate litmus test: if this object had never been designed and produced, would the world miss it, even just a bit? As disarming as this question might seem, it really works.”

Professor Klinkowstein, who also heads an innovation, design, and consulting group, has spoken to more than 100 business, design and educational groups, including the World Summit on the Information Society conference sponsored by the United Nations, the Doors of Perception design conference in Amsterdam and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York.

Tom Klinkowstein
Tom Klinkowstein

Professor Klinkowstein’s work has been exhibited at the AIGA gallery in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Venice Biennale in Italy and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies, among others.

For more information on Hofstra’s Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History, visit www.hofstra.edu/finearts.

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