• November 1, 2018, 6–7:30 p.m.

Politics of the Studio: Race and Design in Mid-Century America

The Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University

40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, Illinois 60208

Photograph of (from left to right) Fred Ota, Thomas Miller, and John Weber, c. 1963. Courtesy of the Goldsholl Family. 

Using the uniquely cosmopolitan space of the Goldsholl studio as a point of departure—including the long-term position of African-American designer Thomas Miller at the firm—this conversation addresses questions of authorship, representation, and racial inclusion (or the lack thereof) in mid-century design and advertising workplaces of 1950s and 60s Chicago. 

Chris Dingwall, historian and curator, addresses Tom Miller’s legacy as a designer and his role in the Goldsholl studio. Korey Garibaldi, Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, offers literary and historical context for black cultural professionals and other best-selling authors who were at the forefront of racial integration following World War II.

This event is free and open to all. This venue is wheelchair accessible.