Happy New Year! Let’s start the year of right by allowing ourselves to be inspired by all of the beauty in this world.
American Design Now, January 12 -April 12, 2012, Museum of Arts and Design. Part of “The Home Front” series, MAD brings together respected voices in the field of object design to explore the theme of American design. This year’s programming explores the ideas, developments, and talent moving native design forward. The series aspires to lay the groundwork for American designers to gather, respond, and construct new possibilities for the success of native design on a global stage.
Staging Fashion, 1880–1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, Billie Burke, January 18 – April 8, 2012, the Bard Graduate Center. Through printed ephemera, clothing, and accessories, the exhibition and the accompanying catalogue explore the roles played by actresses as internationally known and influential fashion leaders at the turn of the twentieth century. The exhibition is curated by Michele Majer, BGC assistant professor and research associate at Cora Ginsburg LLC, in collaboration with several BGC graduate students.
Hanging Around: Neckpieces from the MAD Collection, January 24- May 12, 2012, Museum of Arts and Design. Featuring 75 works by over 70 creators from across the globe, some anonymous tribal artisans and many others celebrated art jewelers like Art Smith, Earl Pardon, Gijs Bakker and Ted Noten.
Blurring The Lines: Between Art, Architecture, and Design, January 12, 2012, 7 pm, Part of MAD’S Home Front Series. As the public becomes more aware of contemporary art, so too does it become more interested in architecture and design. As a result more and more young American designers’ careers are being launched not in showrooms, but in galleries, with collectors commissioning interiors and furnishings that finally match the adventurous spirit of their art collections. This blurring of hierarchies has created a sophisticated new breed of practitioner who effortlessly navigates the worlds of art, architecture, and furniture design. The Minneapolis-based designer Matt Olson of RO/LU and the New York architect Rafael de Cárdenas will be discussing this trend together with the Rauschenberg Foundation’s Executive Director Christy MacLear, and collector Adam Lindemann. The panel will be moderated by Felix Burrichter, founder and editor of PIN-UP Magazine.
Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Donna Karen, January 12, 8pm, 92nd Street Y. Join fashion industry leader and award-winning creator of NY Fashion Week Fern Mallis for a look at the inner workings and culture of fashion with the most prestigious and iconic fashion designers working today. This season Mallis will be interviewing Donna Karen, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford, and Michael Kors.