Join us for a fascinating presentation on “China Design Now,” presented by Portland Art Museum docent Gleny Harrison, on Saturday, January 9, at 3:30 p.m. in the Oak Room. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Made in China has long been a familiar concept, but over the past 20 years, massive cultural and economic changes have given meaning to a new notion: “designed in China.” The exhibition China Design Now reveals how designers, architects, filmmakers, and artists have transformed Chinese design from imitation to innovation, leading to the rise of a new design dynasty. The approximately 100 designers whose work is featured in this exhibition have, collectively, defined a new aesthetic that reinterprets traditional Chinese forms, references global youth culture, and responds to the dreams and desires of a rising middle class. This new entrepreneurial spirit is reflected in the runway trends, street posters, photography, interior design, architectural projects, advertising, and consumer products presented in the exhibition.
China Design Now is structured in three thematic sections, leading visitors on a journey from south to north along China’s coast: through Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing. Each city is a starting point for the exploration of different design fields – graphic design and visual culture in Shenzhen, fashion and lifestyle in Shanghai, and architecture and urban spaces in Beijing.
About the presenter:
Glenys Harrison was born in South Africa and obtained a B.A. in English and History while living there. She taught in London, Canada and in Portland, Oregon. For many years, as a volunteer at the Vancouver, British Columbia Museum, she taught school children about First Nation life and lore.
Glenys has an MBA from Portland State University and has worked at Management consulting and team building with local companies and civic institutions. Her current joys are two gorgeous grandchildren and the stimulus of the Portland Art Museum where she is a docent. Mrs. Harrison is also the President of the European American Art Council at the Portland Art Museum.