Meet Dan Borelli, Director of Exhibitions at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design

by Rakks | December 5th, 2014

Dan Borelli is the Director of Exhibitions at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) – and a fan of Rakks. Dan holds a Master’s in Design Studies from the GSD with a concentration in Art, Design, and the Public Domain and a BFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design.

Dan’s GSD career began in 2000 and in 2009, he was promoted to the position of Director. He has managed well over a hundred exhibits on a variety of scales with themes that range from history and architecture to urban design, landscape architecture and contemporary art. Dan’s direction, experience and vision contributed to the success of many of the GSD’s memorable exhibitions including the “Dispatches from the GSD: 075 Years of Design” exhibition in 2011. Rakks was honored to play a supporting role in “Dispatches from the GSD: 075 Years of Design” by supplying customized counter support brackets and stands designed to support the exhibit’s display boxes and tables. Dan has collaborated with Rakks on the following exhibits, which is by no means an exhaustive list as Dan has held on to the Rakks products and continues to use them on a variety of applications throughout the GSD exhibitions program.

Grounded Visionaries: Pedagogy and Practice, 2014

Cartographic Grounds: Projecting the Landscape Imaginary, 2013

Dispatches from the GSD: 075 Years of Design, 2011

Utopia Across Scales: Highlights from the Kenzo Tange Archive, 2009

The exhibition space for the GSD is in Gund Hall. Gund Hall was designed by Australian architect John Andrews, a graduate of GSD. The ground floor entry’s open lobby occupies approximately 4,500 sq.ft.. Exhibits by leading designers, planners and artists from around the world are rotated through the space 5 times during the year.

In 2010 and as part of his Master studies at Harvard, Dan started an art-based research inquiry into the Nyanza Superfund Site in Ashland Massachusetts and its subsequent social histories. In seeking to make these buried narratives public, he is juxtaposing the stories of human impact with the EPA¹s findings on remediation and orchestrating a large-scale lighting project that visualizes the below-grade contaminants of environmental degradation. In July 2014, this project, “Illuminating Futures” was awarded an ArtPlace America Grant.

We thank Dan for his help in the preparation of this blog post.

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