A full retrospective of Zaire-born artist Bodys Isek Kingelez will be featured at the The Museum of Modern Art in New York through December 2018. He is best known for his Utopian models of buildings and cities, constructed from everyday objects, the themes of which envision less tumultuous environments than those he experienced in his hometown.
Following Zaire’s independence from Belgium, its cities saw rapid urban growth unsupported by infrastructure investments, which led Kingelez to question and reimagine a better urban life through his art. He addresses many societal issues through his works and ponders the potential of architecture and the built environment to heal and support its citizenry.
The exhibition, City Dreams, runs from May 26, 2018 until January 1, 2019 and is accompanied by a catalog complied by curator Sarah Suzuki.
Image Credit: Sound Scene, 2017–18; Sanne Gelissen (Dutch, born 1988), Sanne Geeft Vorm (Eindhoven, Netherlands, founded 2016); Glass fiber laminate, wood, metal; © Design Academy Eindhoven Photographs. Photo by Femke Rijerman; Courtesy of Sanne Gelissen / COPYRIGHT: Courtesy of Sanne Gelissen
Typically at museums, we ambulate among walls of flat paintings, dissuaded from approaching, altogether unable to interact with the works of art we are encountering—except through purely seeing them. In an antithesis to this, “The Senses: Design Beyond Vision” exhibition invites one to experience art through one’s four other perceptive senses. Dozens of touchable, sniffable, audible pieces categorized into 11 themes provide unique explorations of our technologies, communication channels and rituals. The collection highlights how sensory design can enrich our lives as humans and augment our journey through this world. Many exhibits engage multiple senses so as to make them accessible to people with a range of abilities.
“The Senses: Design Beyond Vision” is open at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City from April 13, 2018 to October 28, 2018. An accompanying 224-page exhibition catalog is available, and includes essays from the curators as well as other leaders in the field of multi-sensory design.
Source: Archinect and Cooper Hewitt
Taken from the NYSID online archive, the page of Vogue in 1953 features an article on Major Tom Lee, who had an apprenticeship at “R.H. Macy of New York” before handling the display of a Christmas show at Rockefeller Center and an interwoven display at the New York World Fair.
The New York School of Interior Design recently expanded their online database to include a finding tool for users to search through their centennial collection. The “Archives & Special Collections” online archives catalog allows users to identify the material they wish to consult before setting up an appointment to see the collection in person. The historic archive is composed of decades-old photographs, architectural sketches, news articles and memorabilia that date back to the early 1900s. The school first launched their image collection back in 2013, in expectation of the centennial debut of the archive; finally, it has arrived.
The purpose of creating the NYSID Institutional Archives was to document the history and evolution of the interior design profession. Similarly, Interior Design Special Collections material showcases the interior design work of designers, design firms and publications over the years. The stories these photos capture range from local historic preservation to hospitality projects.
Because the school was founded in 1916, the institution has access to photos that document not only the historical value of interior design but also related to the disciplines of business, fashion, urban studies, and anthropology. The New York School of Design special collections are open to the public by appointment.
Sources: The New York School of Interior Design.
The Berlin Wall stood for 28 years, bifurcating the city into West and East Berlin respectively. Demolition of the wall began in 1990, and 28 years later, an exhibition at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2018 will be exploring the question of what happens to the built environment when physical divides are torn down. The exhibition, titled “Unbuilding Walls,” will showcase 28 examples—one example for each year the Berlin Wall divided Berlin—of historic and contemporary walls, barriers and fences and their effect on or reaction to the landscape.
In 2012, astronaut André Kuipers documented one example of the wall’s divide still evident from space: the color difference in the street lights of and west and east sides of the city is clearly perceptible.
Source: Topos Magazine and the Washington Post.
In honor of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, director Johnston Marklee invited young design studios from Europe and the Americas to submit large scale, modeled towers reinterpreting the original Tribune Tower brief. The exhibition mirrors a design competition in 1922, asking architects to conceive of a home for the Chicago Tribune Newspaper. The resulting tower, a neo-Gothic structure designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, was built in 1925.
Some of the towers are abstract, others deeply detailed. Sam Jacob Studio’s design borrows elements of architect Adolf Loos’ 1922 proposal for the tower, and gives it a modern twist. The exhibition uniquely shows the evolution of design throughout the last 95 years.
The Biennial opens to the public on September 16 2017, and runs until January 17, 2018.
The Museum of Modern Art is celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright with a new exhibition titled Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive. The exhibition features drawings, building fragments, photographs, models, and other ephemera related to Wright’s career—including an original physical model of the Guggenheim—on view through October 1, 2017.
It’s hard to imagine a time when the peace symbol wasn’t widely recognized as a sign of the counterculture and anti-war movements. The familiar three-pronged glyph was first created in 1958 by artist Gerald Holtom as a symbol for a series of anti-nuclear weapon demonstrations. Holtom used the visual language of flag semaphores for the design, combining the letters “N” and “D” for “nuclear disarmament.” Visitors will be able to view Holtom’s fragile original sketches of the symbol at the Imperial War Museum in London from March 23 to August 28, 2017.
Source: This is Colossal
One of artist Walead Beshty’s projects consists of shipping FedEx boxes containing glass boxes across the country. Upon arriving at their destination, the FedEx boxes are opened to reveal the glass boxes with shatter patterns that serve as documentation of the trip. The two boxes—cardboard and glass—are displayed in a gallery in the receiving city. These pieces are compelling in that they beg the age-old question: what happens when the artist has very little hand in creating the art itself?
Source: This is Colossal
Artist Gil Batle spent over two decades incarcerated in California for nonviolent offenses, Now, he is using his artistic talents—honed by drawing and tattooing while behind bars—to create narrative pieces documenting his experiences in prison. Batle carves ostrich eggshells with delicate imagery showing the harsh realities of life in the penal system. His work will be exhibited in New York City November 5, 2015–January 9, 2016.
“Altered Images: 150 Years of Posed and Manipulated Documentary Photography”—an exhibition at the Bronx Documentary Center—sparked a conversation about ethics in photojournalism and the need for rigorous oversight. All news outlets have published inaccuracies and misrepresentations and altered images have managed to slip past the editors at prominent news outlets. Not even the New York Times was exempt from the critical eye of the exhibition’s curators.
Source: The New York Times [LENS]
Darkroom, Building 3, Kodak Canada, Toronto, 2005 – Robert Burley
Photographer Robert Burley’s body of work titled Disappearance of Darkness documents the fall of both chemical darkrooms and the use of acetate film in the facilities of Kodak, Agfa, and Ilford. Burley’s images expose the “…rapid breakdown of a century-old industry, which embodied the medium’s material culture”.
Visit the Burley’s page to view the images.
Source: The Guardian
Toshio Sibata – Hanno City Saitama Prefecture, Japan, 2006
Japanese photographer, Toshio Shibata’s latest body of work Water Colors frames engineered water containment systems and divergent mechanisms to create mesmerizing abstract designs that show the symbiotic relationship between the natural landscape and man-made constructs. The images of earthworks, hydroelectric dams, and spillways are framed to mask context and distort perspective by hiding horizon lines. Shibata focused “…mostly on how the infrastructure of Japan’s postwar building boom interacted with the country’s natural landscape.”
An exhibition archive of the work is on view at the Laurence Miller Gallery in New York, NY.
Source: New York Times Magazine