Dan Rubinstein knows design. As a former Editor-in-Chief of the visionary, Surface Magazine, as well as a contributor to House & Garden, Rubinstein has made it his life to consider, converse, and critique all things design.
One of his recent projects included a guest-curation of a Museum of Arts and Design series entitled, “The Home Front: American Design Now.” The program’s goal was to highlight and reflect on the contemporary attitude of object design in the United States. The creative forum focused upon furniture design and approached the topic with three distinct initiatives: lectures, an artist residency in the Museum of Arts and Design, and a no-cost publication. The symposium facilitated the recognition and acknowledgement of the issues of the furniture design industry and it’s evolution during the current market. Such a forum is remarkably special because it allowed designers to meet, discuss, and develop new potential in design from a uniquely American perspective. Rubinstein also partnered with the Museum of Arts and Design’s Manager of Public Programs, Jake Yuzna in pushing the, The Home Front: American Design Now into a tangible exhibition. The program, “After the Museum,” worked together with the design community to examine its position and influences in contemporary society.
Additionally, concentrating on how the very construct of “the museum” itself has affected and transformed how art and design is generated, the program utilized 16 installations, 45 live programs, and 50 participating designers and collectives gives perspective to this idea. The place of cultural institutions plays a role in the artistic process that garners a critique in itself. After the Museum provided that critique. This exhibition had a finger the pulse of the issue and the extensive physical exhibitions, digital exposés, and educational initiatives encompassed a spectrum of possibilities. Rubinstein and the Museum of Arts and Design are developing a beautiful approach to bringing design discussions to the public. A safe conjecture would conclude that whatever the next project is for Rubinstein, it will bring a further investigation into ourselves, our design, and our world.