Filipino-American Thomas Castro has been appointed the new curator of Graphic Design at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Castro was announced the third curator at Stedelijk in an announcement posted in August 2020.
The Fil-Am designer was Head of Graphic Design at the ArtEZ University of Arts in Arnhem and co-founder of the award-winning studio LUST and LUSTLab, and research lab ZeroDotZero, a platform for young talents.
Castro is credited to have been responsible for ground-breaking graphic design exhibition concepts at LUST, including:
- Digital Depot created for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
- Posterwall for the 21st Century at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis
- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York
- Type / Dynamics at the Stedelijk Museum
The educator studied psychology and fine arts at the University of California, Irvine, where a tutor introduced him to the late 80s Dutch graphic design and was inspired to switch to graphic design and continue his studies in the Netherlands.
The Stedelijk new curator’s awards include:
- BNO Piet Zwart Award for LUST
- 2008 Dutch Design Award for Interactive Media for the retrospective 100 Years Graphic Design in the former Graphic Design Museum Breda
“I see my practice as a trilogy, from maker to educator to curator. In my new role as curator I want to focus on the heritage of graphic design. How can we recalibrate and broaden the current design canon with new attitudes, knowledge and developments within the contemporary socio-cultural landscape? And how can we embrace and support more diverse forms of graphic design which at times only have a street life of one day,” said Castro in the Museum report about his appointment as the new Graphic Design curator.
Filipino talent in design is showcased in digital painter Rebie Ramoso’s works featured at the Italian Atlas of Contemporary Art and in graphic designer AJ Dimarucot’s tribute to NBA’s Vince Carter.
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