Our fourth Standing-Room Only Lecture will have us looking closely at the posters, books, stamps, and banknotes of a towering figure of Dutch design: RDE “Ootje” Oxenaar (1929–2017). From 1964–87, Ootje Oxenaar was responsible for the revolutionary design of the Dutch paper currency, including the 50 guilder “sunflower” and 250 guilder “lighthouse” banknotes which were internationally celebrated as the most beautiful and least-counterfeited money in the world. As head of the art and design advisory bureau at the Dutch PTT from 1976–94 Oxenaar was responsible for commissioning art and design for the largest public concern in the Netherlands.

Our speaker, Dawn Barrett, is a strategist, designer, author, and consultant. She was Dean of the Art + Architecture Division at RISD and President of Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She was also the design- and life-partner of Oxenaar, and we'll be lucky to have her insider’s view of his remarkable work.

Alas, tickets for this event are no longer available.*

Date and Time
Thursday, May 23 at 7p
Doors open at 6p for mingling

Katherine Small Gallery
108 Beacon Street
Somerville, MA 02143 [map]

Standing-Room Only Lectures aim to present short talks about graphic design, typography, and collecting. The lectures are kept to about twenty minutes because—true to its name—the series takes place in our standing-room only gallery. So, wear comfortable shoes and bring a short attention span.

*We will be checking ticket reservations at the door. If you do not have your Eventbrite ticket with you, we can look you up by name. We will have a stand-by line at the door for this event. Five minutes before the event begins, we will open up the event to those in the stand-by line on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have reserved a ticket for this event, please note that it will guarantee your place until 6:55 pm on May 2. Five minutes before the event begins, we will open up the event to those in the stand-by line.