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This exhibition features the work of 28 iconic designers and demonstrates the physical and philosophical connections between the disciplines. Through an examination of the work of 28 of the twentieth century’s notable designers — including Frank Lloyd Wright, Christian Dior, Walter Gropius, Saul Bass, and Yves Saint Laurent — the exhibition explores how evolutions in technology allowed designers to build upon a collective heredity. Often misstated as “survival of the fittest,” evolution depends on the genetic mutations that best provide the ability to adapt and thrive in an environment.

The exhibition was curated by Roberto L. Ventura with students from VCUarts’ Departments of Graphic Design, Fashion Design and Interior Design. The students came through the participation in the Middle of Broad interdisciplinary studio and each played large roles in the generation of the design brand, exhibit design, and content. The design team included Liz Belte, Sarah Brown, Ying Jun Cheng, Laura Colagrande, Llewellyn Hensley and Mia Zhou.

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