The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has named Paola Antonelli its 2018 Class Day speaker. Antonelli will address the GSD’s Class of 2018 and their families during Class Day exercises on Wednesday, May 23.
Antonelli joined The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 1994 and is a Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture & Design, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development. With a master’s degree in architecture from the Polytechnic of Milan, Antonelli has also earned Honorary Doctorate degrees from the Royal College of Art and Kingston University in London; the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena; and the Pratt Institute in New York. She has curated numerous shows, lectured worldwide, and has served on several international architecture and design juries.
Antonelli’s most recent exhibition, Items: Is Fashion Modern?, devoted to 111 items of clothing that have had a strong impact on the world in the past 100 years, opened at MoMA in October 2017. She is currently working on the next Triennale di Milano, entitled Broken Nature (March 2019); on the book States of Design; and on a new Theory of Everything for design. She can be found on Twitter as @CuriousOctopus, and on Instagram as @paolantonelli.
To see a full schedule of 2018 Class Day and Commencement exercises, and for other Commencement information, please visit the GSD’s Commencement webpage.