Emoji Art & Design Show

Hours: 12:00PM-6:00PM
Cost: Free

The Emoji Art & Design Show surveys the spread of emoji through popular culture with an art exhibition and Emoji Pop-Up Market.

In today’s visually oriented culture, which increasingly communicates through images rather than text, emoji comprise a kind of “visual vernacular,” a language that conveys humor, ambiguity and personality as well as meaning.

This visual form of communication isn’t necessarily new—from cave paintings, to hieroglyphics, to religious and mythological symbols encoded in traditional painting and sculpture, we’ve been communicating through images since the dawn of mankind—but its dominance in culture today, especially among millennials, seems to indicate a greater shift in our approach to self-expression.

An examination of the emoji zeitgeist, The Emoji Art & Design Show features works of art and design selected through an open call. The works presented cover a wide range of mediums from digital prints, sculptures, video and performance art, tackling themes such as emotional ambiguity, symbology, and visual communication. Works in the show explore ideas rooted in both pop and visual culture—appropriating and inserting emoji into the art history cannon, hypnotic moving images, emoji photo apps, inherent translation difficulties, and a desire for more emoji characters are represented in this exhibition.

Featuring Original Works by:

  • Genie Alfonzo
  • Fahad Alhunaif
  • Kim Asendorf & Emilio Gomariz aka Maadonna
  • Jeff Baij, Al Bedell, Zoe Gholson & Michael Manning
  • Man Bartlett & Jacinda Russell
  • Genevieve Belleveau
  • Maya Ben-Ezer
  • Fred Benenson
  • Mike Burakoff
  • Zoë Burnett
  • Cara Rose Defabio
  • Kwok Pan Fung
  • Carla Gannis
  • Jeanette Hayes
  • Ibon Mainar
  • Becca McCharen
  • Ramsey Nasser & Addie Wagenknecht
  • Liza Nelson
  • Luciel Perte & Noah Spidermen
  • Matthew Rothenberg
  • Arkadiy Ryabin
  • Fito Segrera & Emilio Vavarella
  • Kyle M. F. Williams


Opening Reception

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

7:00PM – 9:00PM

Panel and Closing Reception

‘I Have No Words: Emoji and the New Visual Vernacular’

Saturday, December 14th, 2013


TRANSICONMORPHOSIS Performance Schedule:

Wednesday December 18, 12:30-1:30PM

Thursday December 19,  2:00PM-3:00PM

Friday December 20, 2:00PM-3:00PM




Presented by





Official Media Partner

People: Zoe Salditch, Will Zweigart, Mercedes Kraus, Lindsey Weber, Kelly Reeves, Julia Kaganskiy, Jenna Wortham, Fred Benenson, Andrea Rosen
Tags: emoji art, emoji, design, Art & Design