Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope founded Design 99 in 2007 to investigate new models of contemporary art and architectural practice. Initially occupying a retail storefront space, the design studio situated itself in the public realm offering over-the-counter design consultations and marketed $99 house call specials. Now embedded in their residential corner of Detroit, Design 99 seeks out opportunities to experiment with art and design within their community. In 2009, Reichert & Cope founded Power House Productions, a nonprofit organization focussed on neighborhood stabilization through art and culture. Since 2008, the team has been developing the Power House as a test site for ideas and methods, lo and hi-tech building systems, and a point of conversation for the entire neighborhood. Design 99 has exhibited widely including the Van Abbemuseum, Smart Museum, Kunsthalle Wien, Detroit Institute of Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. They have lectured at the Dutch Art Institute, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Umeå University, Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Pulitzer Foundation. Their work has been featured in the New York Times, Detroit News and Free Press, CNN, 20/20, NPR, Der Spiegel, I.D. and Dwell magazines among others.

Portland State University’s Art Department offers free public lectures every Monday night of the school year! Organized by PSU’s Art and Social Practice MFA students in coordination with associate professor Harrell Fletcher, the PSU Art & Social Practice MFA Lecture Series includes a wide variety of lecturers including artists, writers, farmers, educators, curators, and administrators whose work in someway relates to the field of art and social practice. The lecture series is sponsored in part by Dave and Erika Cianciulli, The Platt Family, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. If you or your organization are interested in becoming a supporter of the lecture series please let us know.