Wednesday, February 11
With waiting lists getting longer for the popular Mini Cooper, home design shows mushrooming on cable TV, and mass retailer Target ushering in each season with goods from different designers (Isaac Mizrahi, Todd Oldham and Philippe Starck, to name a few), 21st-century pop culture has an insatiable appetite for new designs. But in spite of our throwaway consumerism, some iconic designs endure, from the VW Bug to the Parthenon. On Wednesday, February 11, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a discussion of "What Makes a Classic Design?" by George Ramsay, professor emeritus at Wittenberg University. Starting at noon, the free brown-bag lecture is part of the museum's Contemporary Art Encounters series. Following the lecture is a docent-led tour of the current exhibitions. SMoCA is located at 7374 East Second Street in Scottsdale. Visit www.smoca.org for additional information.

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