Aric Chen is an independent curator and a writer based in Shanghai, where he is a Professor and the founding Director of the Curatorial Lab at the College of Design & Innovation at Tongji University. In addition, he currently serves as Curatorial Director for the Design Miami fairs in Basel and Miami Beach. From 2012-2019, Chen was the first Lead Curator for Design and Architecture, and later Curator-at-Large, at M+, the new museum for visual culture opening next year in Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District. Prior to M+, Chen was Creative Director of Beijing Design Week. Over the years, he has organised dozens of projects and exhibitions internationally, in addition to serving on numerous juries, and has been a curatorial advisor to the UABB Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture\Urbanism, London Design Biennial, Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial (New York), and Gwangju Design Biennale. Chen is the author of Brazil Modern (Monacelli, 2016), and has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Wallpaper*, Architectural Record, and other publications.
The lecture will be followed by a conversation with Eleni Han, Guillermo Ruiz, Ines Weizman, David Burns and special guests.