March 16, 2009

Our editors select their favorite design and architecture-related events happening all over the globe.


West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America: 1965-1977

West of Center

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 7:00am to Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 8:00am
7374 East Second Street
Scottsdale,  AZ 85251
During the 1960s and 1970s, a diverse range of artists and creative individuals based in the American West broke the barriers between art and lifestyle and embraced the new, hybrid sensibilities of the countercultural movement. West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977 illuminates the unique works of these individuals through videos, photographs, drawings, ephemera, and other original and re-created objects and environments.
Never Built: Los Angeles

Never Built: Los Angeles

6032 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, 90036
Co-curated by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin, Never Built: Los Angeles looks at visionary works that had the greatest potential to reshape the city, from buildings to master plans, parks to follies, and transportation proposals any of which could have transformed both the physical reality and the collective perception of the metropolis. The stories surrounding these projects shed light on a reluctant city whose institutions and infrastructure have often undermined inventive and challenging urban schemes.
Mega by Camille Prash

Unexpected Pleasures: the Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 8:00am to Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 8:00am
Shad Thames
London, England, SE1
Bringing together almost 200 objects from around the world, Unexpected Pleasures celebrates the work of contemporary jewellers who have challenged the conventions of jewellery design. Curated by jewellery designer and maker Dr.
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Conversations in Context at The Glass House

199 Elm Street
New Canaan, Connecticut,
The Conversations in Context program series offers visitors the opportunity to join a leader in architecture, art, landscape, history or design for an evening tour of The Glass House campus followed by an intimate conversation and reception on the historic property. The events take place Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. On September 20 join Harvard professors Gary Hilderbrand and John Beardsley On October 4 join Princeton professor Beatriz Colomina and Columbia professor Felicity Scott
Contemporary conceptual designer Tobias Wong Solo Exhibition Vancouver

Object(ing): The art/design of Tobias Wong

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 7:00am to Monday, December 31, 2012 - 8:00am
1100 Chestnut Street
Vancouver,  BC
Beginning September 20, 2012, the Museum of Vancouver will host the first-ever solo exhibition of the late, Vancouver-born conceptual artist Tobias Wong. The show will feature over 50 pieces of Wong's groundbreaking work with common objects, including well-known items such as Bulletproof Quilted Duvet, the Ottoman, and This is a Lamp. The exhibition, a product of Wong's friends, collaborators, and family, ends January 1, 2013.
Architecture in the City San Francisco 2012

2012 Architecture in the City Festival

The 2012 Architecture in the City Festival is currently underway in San Francisco. Througout the month of September, a series of lectures, walking tours, exhibitions, film screenings cover a wealth of topics under the theme "Design: It's About Time." Some 40 events are being held and here's what we think will be most interesting (you can also view the complete calendar here): San Francisco Living Home Tours, September 15–16 Design: It's About Time lecture moderated by Deputy Editor Aaron Britt, September 18, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Exhibition of abstract artist Richard Diebenkorn

Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series

500 Seventeenth Street NW
Washington DC, 20006
The Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, D.C., will open its exhibition of Richard Diebenkorn's Ocean Park series on June 30. It will include over 80 abstract works by the innovative artist including paintings and drawings created with a range of methods as well as monotypes and prints. The exhibition, which covers the 21-year span in which the artist worked in the Southern California community of Ocean park, closes on September 23rd.

Interior Design Show West 2012

1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3
The 8th annual Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) is happening September 27th to 30th. IDSwest is Western Canada’s annual premiere residential, interior design show featuring 350 exhibitors showcasing quality products and services to an audience of industry professionals, architects, designers, and consumers. Featured speaker Tommy Smythe, designer on Sarah 101 on HGTV, will be sharing his tips and tricks with visitors on Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th, injecting his brand of fun and fashion into the show.
Exhibition of modern sculptor Isamu Noguchi

Hammer, Chisel, Drill: Noguchi's Studio Practice

32-37 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, 11106
The Hammer, Chisel, Drill exhibition will showcase the production process of sculptor Isamu Noguchi over the course of a career that lasted more than four decades. Located at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, New York, it will display a varied combination of photographs depicting Noguchi in his studios, sculpting tools used throughout his life as an artist, and a careful selection of finished products to capture his work in practice. The exhibition begins October 3rd and ends April 28th. 
Docomomo Tour Day 2012 honoring mid-20th Century architecture

Docomomo U.S. Tour Day 2012

The Docomomo U.S. Tour Day seeks to raise the awareness of and appreciation for buildings, interiors, neighborhoods and landscapes designed in the United States during the mid-20th century. Tour Day invites organizations and people across the county to take stock of significant 20th century built design in their state, city, region or neighborhood and celebrate that work with Docomomo U.S. in a tour.
A photograph taken by photographer Rineke Dijkstra.

Rineke Dijkstra Exhibition at SFMOMA

151 Third Street
San Francisco, 94103
 From February 18 to May 20, 2012, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will present the exhibition Rineke Dijkstra, the artist's first midcareer retrospective in the United States. This is the most comprehensive museum exhibition to date of the artist's oeuvre, the first major Dijkstra exhibition organized by an American museum, and the first solo exhibition of her work in San Francisco. The exhibition features nearly 70 color photographs and five video installations, including two new video projections.
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The Architecture of Public Housing: Preserving a Post-War Legacy

1172 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, 10027
Following World War II, the United States and Europe sought to address the dire need for public and affordable housing through new construction. The post-war decades saw the development of many innovative design, construction and social arrangements. This legacy represents an important part of our collective architectural and cultural heritage but its preservation is plagued by many practical and social issues.
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Drylands Design Educational Exhibition

6032 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, 90036
As the water crisis progresses, a new exhibition at the A+D Museum calls designers to action. The 2012 Drylands Design Exhibition will feature work by architects, landscape architects, engineers, and urban designers responding to the challenges of water scarcity in the face of climate change.
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Palm Springs Modernism Week 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 5:30pm to Monday, February 25, 2013 - 4:00am
Palm Springs Modernism Week is an 11-day celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, and culture in Palm Springs, California. This design aesthetic originated in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, and was typified by clean, simple lines which came to define desert modernism. Modernism Week is filled with a variety of events including architectural tours, films, lectures, an architectural symposium, educational events, and chic, fun parties in cool mid-century modern homes and boutique hotels. Visit the event site for more detailed listings.
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Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings

5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, 90048
The first retrospective examination of the artist’s prolific print practice since 1988. The exhibition includes over 100 prints and five paintings. The exhibition is organized thematically in order to explore Kelly’s key formal motifs: grids, contrast and curves.
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Dan Flavin: Drawing

225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
New York, 10016
Best known for his fluorescent light installations, Dan Flavin was also an avid draftsman. This first retrospective of his drawings will include over one hundred sheets representing every phase of his career: early abstract expressionist watercolors of the 1950s, studies for light installations, portraits and landscape sketches, and pastels of sailboats from the 1980s.
Sir Terence Conran

Terence Conran: The Way We Live Now

Shad Thames
London, SE1
This exhibition marks Sir Terence Conran’s 80th birthday, and delves into the designer's impact on contemporary life in Britain. The show spans his career, from post-war austerity through to the new sensibility of the Festival of Britain in the 1950s, the birth of the Independent Group and the Pop Culture of the 1960s, to the design boom of the 1980s and on to the present day.
eames guest

Eames Designs: The Guest Host Relationship

6032 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, 90036
Eames Designs: The Guest Host Relationship is a part of the city-wide Pacific Standard Time initiative. Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene.
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Panel Discussion: Return of Modernism

2 Columbus Circle
New York, 10019
Modernism was the go-to style of the mid-20th century, with famous designers such as Russel Wright, Eero Saarinen, and Charles and Ray Eames. By the end of the century, however, its glow had faded. Some 60 years later, Modernism is enjoying a second life. Raising the question, why now? Experts, including iconic designers Vladimir Kagan and Jack Lenor Larsen and co-founder of the gallery R 20th Century, Evan Snyderman, will take a look back–and forward–to offer answers to this provocative question. Moderated by Judith Gura, professor of Design History at NYSID.  
Style: "jigsaw"

Graphic Design: Now in Production

1750 Hennepin
Minneapolis, 55403
This major international exhibition explores how graphic design has broadened its reach dramatically over the past decade, expanding from a specialized profession to a widely deployed tool. With the rise of user-generated content and new creative software, along with innovations in publishing and distribution systems, people outside the field are mobilizing the techniques and processes of design to create and publish visual media.
irving harper china shop

Crafting Modernism

2 Columbus Circle
New York, 10019
Crafting Modernism covers a 25-year period that begins with the craftsman-designers of the 1940s and 1950s, and concludes in 1969 with innovative works that upended traditional concepts of craft, and included humor, psychological content, and social commentary in provocative and unique works of art.
newark constructivist spirit

Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s-50s

49 Washington Street
Newark, 07102
Constructive Spirit examines the connections, both conceptual and personal, among abstract artists, suggesting parallels that cut across time, national borders, and a range of media, including paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, drawings and films.  Featured artists include Alexander Calder, Joaquín Torres-García, Jesús Rafael Soto, Gyula Kosice, Lygia Clark, Ellsworth Kelly, Geraldo de Barros and many others.

Classic Contemporary: Lichtenstein, Warhol and Friends

700 Prospect Street
San Diego,
Classic Contemporary features major Pop, Minimal, and Color Field works in MCASD’s collection of American Art dating from the 1960s and 1970s.
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Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration

Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW
Washington DC, 20024
Encompassing Albers' career from 1917 to 1973, this exhibition begins with four early self-portrait prints and follows to a group of boldly abstract compositions from Albers' tenure at Germany's revolutionary Bauhaus, where he taught alongside Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe. Albers participated in the school's utopian aspiration to improve modern life through manufacturing and design—ideas that resonated throughout Albers' career.
Marbrisa, Acapulco, Mexico. 1973. Photograph by Sara Sackner.

Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner

101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, 92262-5659
This exhibition is the first comprehensive overview of John Lautner’s architecture. Co-curated by Los Angeles–based architect Frank Escher, who is also the Administrator of the John Lautner Archives, and Nicholas Ohlsberg, former Director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture and independent curator, the exhibition includes 115 original drawings and sketches; ten original models; six large-scale architectural models created for the exhibition and a documentary film.
jane doggett

Jane Davis Doggett: Talking Graphics

1111 Chapel Street
New Haven, 06520
Jane Davis Doggett, M.F.A. 1956, is known for her career in creating graphic identities and wayfinding systems for massive public spaces, including 40 international airports. Doggett recently invented the concept of IconoChrome images—“geometric designs in colors expressing philosophically profound messages.” Her series, Talking Graphics, consists of these colorful designs, converted to vector images and printed as books and large panels.
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Typography of the 19th Century Textile Trade

347 West 36th Street
Suite 603
New York, 10018
Adrian Wilson leads a presentation about his unique collection of handmade typefaces and trademarks last seen in use by nineteenth-century fabric merchants.
Iannis Xenakis Study for Metastaseis drawing

Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary

35 Wooster Street
New York, NY
The exhibition explores the fundamental role of drawing in the work of Greek avant-garde composer Iannis Xenakis (1922–2001). A leading figure in twentieth century music, Xenakis was trained as a civil engineer, then became an architect and developed revolutionary designs while working with Le Corbusier. Comprised of over 60 documents created between 1953 and 1984, this will be the first North American exhibition dedicated to Xenakis’s original works on paper.
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Design Real

Kensington Gardens
London, W2 3XA
Design Real, curated by Konstantin Grcic and designed in collaboration with Alex Rich and Jürg Lehni, is the first design-focused show to be presented at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.
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Modern in America: Works on Paper, 1900–1950s

111 S. Michigan Avenue
Approximately 140 prints, drawings, collages, and watercolors from the permanent collection offer the opportunity to ruminate on what constituted “modern” at various moments during the first half of the 20th century.

Lorna Blaine Halper: The Space Between

2 South Pack Square
Asheville, 28802
In this solo exhibition of Black Mountain artist Lorna Blaine Halper (1924- ), drawings, sculptures, and paintings will be on view, beginning with works created during from her time at Black Mountain College in the late 1940s, and continuing onto the present. Evident in her earliest work is the influence of her fellow Black Mountain students and professors, such as Josef Albers, Fannie Hillsmith, Ruth Asawa, Robert Motherwell and Ilya Bolotowsky, and others.
Otto Neurath Gypsy Urbanism

Otto Neurath. Gypsy Urbanism

835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, 90069
At a time when contemporary culture is dominated by mass media and we are all glued to many screens, it is fascinating to contemplate the career of little-known Austrian sociologist, Otto Neurath (1888-1945), a polymath whose intellectual and moral compass - forged in the embers of World War I - led him to predict the dramatic growth of the knowledge economy and to develop tools for a universal pictorial language.  Ever in the interest of advancing participatory forms of democratic exchange, Neurath was by turn an academic, economic minister, housing administrator, museum director and…

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