Qweek ’19: Family Values

Qweek ‘19: Queers in Design (GSD, 4/5-4/12)

Queers in Design is excited to present the Graduate School of Design’s inaugural Qweek, a series of queer-centric events happening at the GSD from April 5 to 12. Qweek is centered around FAMILY VALUES, a nod to the collective life we lead in Gund Hall and the chosen families we form while at school.


Special Event

Family Dinner: Tuesday, April 9, 8 p.m., Piper Auditorium

You are cordially invited to dinner in Piper Auditorium at Gund Hall. David Eskenazi brings a starter of epic proportions, Laida Aguirre makes an unexpected combination, Andrew Holder gets saucy, Jaffer Kolb comes with many surprise centers, Victor Jones coagulates, and Ellie Abrons plays a dangerous but delicious game. There might be a discussion of queer aesthetics. There will definitely be snacks and beer!


"Family Dinner" Poster in Blue



Family Movie Night: Wednesday, April 10, 7 p.m., Room 124, Gund Hall

Join us for a screening of the 1996 film The Watermelon Woman. In the film, Cheryl, a 25-year-old filmmaker (played by the director Cheryl Dunye), stumbles upon the story of a mysterious Black actress from films of the ’30s and ’40s credited only as “The Watermelon Woman.” She finds that she and the actress share layered identities: Black, queer women hailing from Philadelphia who grapple with issues of race, class, power and queerness as they intersect, overlap, and inform one another.

Co-hosted with GSD African American Student Union.


Guest Lecture

Family Jewels: Friday, April 12, 12 p.m., Room 124, Gund Hall

Adam Furman, architect and designer, will make a case for a queerness in architecture, both through his work and beyond. Adam’s work explores the relationship between memory, imagination, history and communication at multiple scales, always with a critical eye towards the way in which sensual architectural form, in a dialogue with the past and the future, can communicate complex issues through eloquent and expressive shapes, colours, and environments. He trained in Architecture and Fine Art, and works in those areas as well as products, interiors, writing and teaching. His work has been exhibited in London, Paris, New York, Milan, Rome, Eindhoven, Minneapolis, Portland, Kortrijk, Veszprem, Vienna & Glasgow, is held in the collections of the Design Museum, the Sir John Soane’s Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Abet Museum, & the Architectural Association, and has been published widely.

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].