Conversation Pieces: Contemporary Furniture in Dialogue (installation view), 2022; Photo: Matthew Millman
Gallery Talk

Conversation Pieces: Jay Sae Jung Oh, Fernando Laposse, Alexandra Loew and Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher on Contemporary Design

Related Exhibition Conversation Pieces

Thursday, Jan 19, 2023

6 p.m.

Floor 6

Free with museum admission; capacity is limited at this in-gallery event. There is no RSVP needed for this performance; admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The works of furniture in Conversation Pieces are made to spark dialogue; join the show’s organizers Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher and Alexandra Loew along with featured designers Fernando Laposse and Jay Sae Jung Oh in the gallery’s intimate setting for an evening of talks on the questions and connections their works explore.
Accessibility Information
Accessible seating is available at this event. Accessibility accommodations such as American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and assisted listening devices are available upon request 10 business days in advance. Please email publicengagement@sfmoma.org, and we will do our best to accommodate your request for this event or answer any questions you may have.

About the Speakers

Alexandra Loew leads a studio that provides interior design, creative direction, and builds collections of furniture and decorative arts, using a signature blend of historical scholarship and poetic license.

Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher is the Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design and Head of the Department at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Since 2008, she has organized several key acquisitions and exhibitions with a focus on bold visionary works of design from the late 20th century to today. Her recent curatorial projects include Far Out: Suits, Habs and Labs for Outer Space (co-curator) (2019), Barbara Stauffacher Solomon (2019), Takanobu Igarashi: Everyday Design (2018), The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment and Idealism (co-curator) (2018), Designed in California (2018), and Typeface to Interface (co-curator) (2016). She holds a B.A. in Art History from New York University in Art History, a M.A in Curatorial Studies from Bard College and a M.Des in Architecture History and Theory from Harvard University.

Jay Sae Jung Oh explores the intersection between art and design throughout her work as a furniture and product designer, artist, and entrepreneur. Creating within the diverse realm of design allows her to pursue many passions at once. Her one-of-a-kind furniture designs are represented by Salon 94 gallery in New York City. These bespoke pieces have been acquired into the permanent collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and Cranbrook Art Museum.

Fernando Laposse (1988) is a London-based Mexican designer, trained in Central Saint Martins as a product designer. Fernando specializes in transforming humble natural materials into refined design pieces. He has worked extensively with overlooked plant fibers such as sisal, loofah, and corn leaves. His projects are informative and educational, addressing topics such as the environmental crisis, the loss of biodiversity, community dissolution, migration, and the negative impacts of global trade in local agriculture and food culture. He does so by documenting the issues and announcing possible resolutions through the transformative power of design. His projects have been exhibited in the Triennale di Milano, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the Design Museum in London, the Victoria and Albert, the World Economic Forum, and Miami Basel, among others. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Generous support of Conversation Pieces: Contemporary Furniture in Dialogue is provided by Diana Nelson and John Atwater.

Additional support is provided by The Sanger Family Architecture and Design Exhibition Fund and the Diane and Howard Zack Fund for Architecture and Design.