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With heavy hearts, we share the sad news of the passing of Mildred Friedman, an important design thinker and curator, who advocated passionately for design throughout her life. As design curator for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in the 1970s and 1980s, Friedman was a force to be reckoned with, producing a series of ground-breaking architecture and design exhibitions, including Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History (1989), the first major museum survey of the field in the United States.
Friedman was also editor of Design Quarterly, the first journal of design published by a museum. DQ’s guest editors—many of them women—created “a platform… that supported other emerging designers, critics, curators, historians, and theorists by becoming both the subject and object of progressive design.”
"How have we arrived, in the relatively prosperous developed world, at least, at a cultural moment which values autonomy, personal freedom, fulfillment and human rights, and above all individualism, more highly than they have ever been valued before in human history, but at the same time these autonomous, free, self-fulfilling individuals are terrified of being alone with themselves?" — Sara Maitland [x]