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Lynn Fleming

| United States

Lynn Fleming is a graphic designer currently pursuing a Master of Fine Art degree in the 2-D Design department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Her work explores typographic form as it connects to issues of place and identity. Prior to her studies at Cranbrook, she was the Lead Graphic Designer for the Henry Art Gallery, the museum for contemporary art at the University of Washington. Fleming is on the advisory board of DesignInquiry, a non-profit educational organization devoted to researching design issues in intensive team-based gatherings.

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Mayan Revival & Detroit's Typographic Arcadia

Session 28 | Room MIDE
Monday 26 October | 12:10 – 12:30

Duration: 20 minutes

This presentation will explore the connections between traditional Mayan forms and the golden age of Detroit industrial wealth. Two famed examples of the Mayan Revival strain of Art Deco are the Fisher Theater (1928) and the Guardian Building E48(1929) located in Detroit, Michigan. Both buildings employ unique and inventive typographic forms in their architectural signage, borrowing heavily from Mayan and Mesoamerican motifs. At the time of the builidings’ design, Chichen Itza was a recent discovery. The Fisher Theater’s architect, Albert Kahn, consulted with eminent Mayan hieroglyphic scholar Sylvanus Morley on its design. The presentation will further explore how these themes resonate with today’s image of Detroit, pariah for the United States’ unstable economic climate.

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