Prem Krishnamurthy’s focus on 1957 is motivated by his interest in the self-reflexive and challenging graphic work of the East German designer Klaus Wittkugel (1910-1985). Wittkugel’s modernist visual idioms enjoyed increasing acceptance in the 1950s despite his contravening of the aesthetic dogmas of Soviet propaganda. He even won his country’s National Prize for his work in organizing and designing the spectacular, immersive propaganda exhibition of 1957, Militarism Without Masks.
Krishnamurthy is a graphic designer and curator, and a founding principal of the renowned New York design studio Project Projects. He is also the director and curator of P!, a multidisciplinary exhibition space in New York’s Chinatown.
About the 2013-14 Graduate Studies Lecture Series
Each lecture is premised on the notion of "signal years." Each invited speaker will address a year of significance in his or her field or practice and link it to related transformations in the broader realms of politics and culture.
Generous support for CCA public programs in San Francisco has been provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.