FRESH TALK: Can Design Be Genderless?

Join a conversation on the role of gender identity in design.

Enjoy FRESH TALK presentations by Netherlands-based designer Gabriel Ann Maher and Alice Rawsthorn, design critic for the international edition of the New York Times. After the presentations, Maher and Rawsthorn will discuss how the evolution of an increasingly eclectic and fluid concept of gender identity is impacting design culture and redefining traditional feminist arguments on gender politics. 

During the Catalyst cocktail hour—featuring a topic and a twist—D.C.’s design and LGBTQ communities join the conversation.


  • Gabriel Ann Maher’s fluid gender identity informs their work on gender politics and is a central theme of their art on view in NMWA’s exhibition Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today.
  • Alice Rawsthorn discusses the role of gender identity in design—from early prejudices toward women to contemporary theory. Rawsthorn is also a columnist for Frieze magazine. Her critically-acclaimed book, Hello World: Where Design Meets Life, explores design’s influence on our lives.


Reservations required. $25 for general admission; $15 for members, students, and seniors. Ticket price includes museum admission and the Catalyst cocktail hour.

Reserve your spot today!  

Unable to attend? Watch the program remotely and tune into the livestream here

National Museum of Women in the Arts