Thursday, September 12, 2019, 1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
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Auditorium 150

This public talk features Weisman Art Museum Director and Chief Curator Lyndel King in conversation with MCAD alum Cy DeCosse '52, whose retrospective exhibition the Many Faces of Cy DeCosse is on view in MCAD's main gallery through September 22. 

Cy's retrospective exhibition traces his highly successful advertising, publishing, and photography career that has evolved over more than six decades. Decosse and King, who are longtime friends, will be reflecting upon the significant technological and cultural shifts that have shaped DeCosse's artistic and business practices that lie at the intersection of art, design, and media.

About Cy DeCosse

Cy DeCosse has rebranded himself numerous times throughout his long career. His first job after graduating from the Minneapolis School of Art was as a junior art director, but soon after he received a Fulbright scholarship that took him to Florence where he set up an advertising school and learned photography from Renzo Maggini. Upon returning to Minnesota, DeCosse resumed his advertising career for thirteen years before forming his own firm in 1969. Cy DeCosse, Inc. offered creative services for marketing and later expanded into publishing specialized photographic “how-to” books on microwave cooking, Singer sewing, Black & Decker home repair, hunting & fishing, and many others. After selling the company in 1994, DeCosse returned to his first love, photography. He began to explore lesser-known alternative photography techniques like platinum printing, gum dichromate, and polymer photogravure. DeCosse's most recent forays have been in reviving yet another underutilized technique, egg tempera painting, and drawing upon his life-long love of cartooning to create Feelie Faces, an app available for download and also at

About Lyndel King

Lyndel King is the Director and Chief Curator of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum. King has led the museum for more than 30 years, during which time she guided it through the design and construction of its current building, designed by prominent architect, Frank Gehry. King has served on the boards of the American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, and the International Council of Museums-US. She serves as co-chair of a task force for the protection of university museum collections and presents international seminars on museum management.