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Professor David Crowley

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  • David Crowley
  • Schools & Centres

    School of Humanities

    Role

    Professor and Head of Programme

  • David Crowley is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and the University of Brighton. He also studied at the Cracow Academy of Art in Poland in the 1980s. He taught at Staffordshire University and the University of Brighton before joining the RCA in 1999. Former Deputy Head of the History of Design programme, he is now Professor and Head of Critical Writing in Art & Design. He also works closely with the students in various design programmes at the College including those in the School of Communications. 

    David Crowley has a specialist interest in critical and speculative design practices, as well as the operations of the media. He is also an expert in the art and design histories of Eastern Europe under communist rule. He writes regularly for the design press and curates exhibitions (including Cold War Modern at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2008–9 and Sounding the Body Electric. Experiments in Art and Music in Eastern Europe 1957-1984 at Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, 2012 and Calvert 22, London, 2013). He has been the recipient of research grants from the British Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

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      Research interests

      David Crowley has a specialist interest in the art and design of Eastern Europe under communist rule and has written a number of books on this theme including Warsaw (Reaktion, 2003); Style and Socialism: Modernity and Material Culture in Post-War Eastern Europe (co-edited volume, Berg, 2000) and Socialist Spaces: Sites of Everyday Life in the Eastern Bloc (co-edited with Susan Reid, Berg, 2002). He is the editor – with Susan Reid – of Pleasures in Socialism: Leisure and Luxury in the Eastern Bloc (Northwestern University Press, 2010).

      Crowley also curates exhibitions including Cold War Modern at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2008–9; an exhibition on the life and work of Roman Cieślewicz at the RCA in July 2010; The Power of Fantasy. Modern and Contemporary Art from Poland at BOZAR, Brussels, 2011; and Sounding the Body Electric. Experimental Art and Music in Eastern Europe at Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, 2012 and Calvert 22, London, 2013.

      A regular writer in the art and design press, his articles have been published in Eye, Creative Review, Icon, New Statesman and The Economist as well as in various academic journals including Kritika, Journal of Design History and The Journal of Contemporary History.

      David Crowley is currently researching the history of underground music and art in Eastern Europe in the 1970s and 1980s for an exhibition which will open in spring 2016.

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