Kali Nakitas’ Exhibition, from “Design- Authorized Histories: Graphic Design at the Goldstein Museum of Design”

" While much of the Goldstein's graphic design collection consists of publications, the Museum acquired the contents of two exhibitions because '...acting as meta-authors, some curators produce design-authorship at the level of the conceptual exhibition.' In 1996, design educator Kali Nikitas curated the exhibition, 'And She Told 2 Friends,' an 'exhibition [that] curated itself' through an invitational network of women graphic designers. Referring to the manner in which stories spread among a group of friends through sharing, 'And She Told 2 Friends' was an innovative work of design-authorship on a larger scale. Although many of the works exhibited were for clients' traditional needs and not created intentionally as self-authored, the body of work chosen through curating, collaborating, and editing demonstrates the core concept behind designer-authored histories. Appropriately, the exhibition was originally shown at Chicago's Women Mae Gallery...participants are a roster of influential women graphic design practitioners and educators from the 1980s onward: Katherine McCoy, Lorraine Wild, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Irma Boom, Ellen Lupton, Lucille Tenazas, Marlene McCarty, Women's Design + Research Unit, and others." — https://www.jstor.org/stable/40983240?seq=1