Modernism Shows & Events

  • M.A.D. NYC is now showing AGAINST THE GRAIN: Wood in Contemporary Art,Craft, & Design, a multi-artist exhibit offering over 90 objects, furniture, sculpture and installations by 57 artists and designers who are bringing fresh creative energies and new postmodernist conceptual and technical strategies to woodworking. Recent works on display include Ai Wei Wei's 2008 "Grapes, Qing Dynasty", Wendell Castle's "Ghost", and "Thonet #18" by Matthias Pleissnig.

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  • The New York School of Interior Design presents Collecting Design, a 10-part seminar series headed by Daniella Ohad Smith that will examine the history and current state of 20th century design, with a specific interest in collecting and aspects of the marketplace. Periods covered will include Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Modernism, Mid-Century, Postwar, and American Studio. Dr.

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  • In HIDDEN HEROES: The Genius of Everyday Things, the M.I.T Museum focuses on commonplace objects whose ubiquity and reliability have obscured their importance in the day-to-day life of the 21st century.Objects such as the tea bag, dowel, lightbulb, and zipper are highlighted here to demonstrate their on-going conceptual and economic importance.

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  • A REPUTATION FOR INNOVATION: Eero Saarinen  This retrospective exhibition explores highlights of Eero Saarinen's architectural career, including such stellar projects as the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis MO, and Dulles Airport in Washington DC.

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  • The Norton Museum of Art presents The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League 1936-1951, an exhibition of over 170 works by members of the influential group founded on the conviction that photography could motivate social change. The show includes works by Berenice Abbott, Aaron Siskind, Weegee, and other artists who contributed to the group's publications, exhibits, and educational programs during its' brief incarnation.

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  • Vivid Gallery presents a selection of important iconic pieces by Reitveld from private collections, many being shown for the first time.

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  • The exhibit offers examples of post-war design, jandscape, and architecture that contributed to the idea of "LA style". Drawings, photos, film, ephemera, and oral histories all contribute to the modeling of a new design language unique to southern California. Museum info at getty.edu, for more on the same subject see the Living In A Modern Way exhibit at LACMA or purchase the companion Handbook of CA Design 1930-1965: Craftspeople,Designers & Manufacturers, now available at LAMA.com.

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  • Celebrating the women who particpated as artists and students during the short but influential Bauhaus period, this on-going show has already focused on textile designer Benita Koche-Otte and painter Lou Scheper-Berkenkamp. Next up is weaver and photographer Gertrud Aindt, whose folio of self-portraits preceded Cindy Sherman by fifty years.  Find more information @ bauhaus.de/museum

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  • Only a show about small things could have this many big names. Described as "intimate, whimsical, wearable sculpture", the exhibit showcases over 100 pieces of jewelry created by artists and commissioned or purchased for the collection of curator.... Artist-creators include Louise Nevelson, Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Anish Kapor,Roy Lichtenstein, Michele Oka Doner and many, many more of today's best- and little-known artists.

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  • This on-going retrospective highlights Eileen Gray's deserved recognition as a truly singular master of 20th Century design and architecture. Balancing a poetic understanding of objects and space with a profound grasp of both the possibilities and requirements of materials and engineering, Gray produced a body of work that is simply astounding.

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