RUTH ASAWA: OBJECTS & APPARITIONS. Christies, New York, 20th floor of 1230 Avenue of the Americas, at Rockefeller Center, May 6-31, 2013. A survey exhibition dedicated to one of America’s most talented artists of the 20th century, Ruth Asawa. Objects & Apparitions is Asawa’s first major solo show in New York in over fifty years. This curated exhibition will feature an extraordinary grouping of approximately fifty works including sculpture and works on paper — for private sale or on loan— and will afford a rare and comprehensive view of the artist’s body of work. The exhibition coincides with the New York Post-War and Contemporary Art auctions in May of this year, and will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue, with original texts by poet and art critic, John Yau, and Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. At the May 15th evening sale auction, Christie’s will offer a major sculpture from the Ruth Asawa Family Collection.
PUNK: Chaos to Couture, Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 9 through August 14, 2013. The exhibition, in the Museum’s second-floor Cantor galleries, will feature approximately 100 designs for men and women. Original punk garments from the mid-1970s will be juxtaposed with recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear have borrowed punk’s visual symbols, with paillettes being replaced with safety pins, feathers with razor blades, and bugle beads with studs. Focusing on the relationship between the punk concept of ‘do-it-yourself’ and the couture concept of ‘made-to-measure,’ the exhibition will be organized around the materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the anti-establishment style. Presented as an immersive multimedia, multisensory experience, the clothes will be animated with period music videos and soundscaping audio techniques.
Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna 1897- 1907, Neue Galerie New York, May
23-September 2, 2013. Neue Galerie New York will present a monographic exhibition devoted to the Austrian artist, designer, and Wiener Werkstätte co-founder Koloman Moser (1868-1918). This show surveys the sum of Moser’s decorative arts career, comprising important interior design commissions, examples of graphic design, furniture, textiles, jewelry, metalwork, glass, and ceramics, many of which are illustrated by rare preparatory drawings and prints.
New York School of Interior Design and MODERN Magazine present the first comprehensive educational program devoted to the study of collecting modern and contemporary design. Collecting Design: History, Collections, Highlights, led by Professor Daniella Ohad explores the following themes and styles in a weekly two-hour class: The American Arts and Crafts Movement, Viennese Design and the Wiener Werkstatte, French Art Deco and Modernism, Mid-Century American Design, French Postwar Design; The American Studio Movement; Postmodernism; Collecting Contemporary Design. The spring semester began last week but it is not too late to register. Guest speakers this semester include Jeffrey Head, author; “Paul Evans, designer & sculptor”, Adriana Friedman, director Delorenzo Gallery, and Robert Kaplan, collector, principal of Cathers & Dembrosky. To learn more about the program read my interview with Professor Ohad here. Register: http://www.nysid.edu/register-for-course
May is Design Month in New York City (well, not officially but with so many design events going on, it might as well be).
NYCxDESIGN is New York City’s inaugural citywide event to showcase and promote design of all disciplines. Held from Friday, May 10, through Tuesday, May 21, the event will celebrate New York City’s contributions to and embrace of design. Hosted in the world’s design capital, the 12-day event will bring together culture, education, commerce and entertainment with a full, varied program, including exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open studios. Spanning all disciplines of design, from graphic and product design to architecture and fashion, digital and urban design to furniture and design thinking. NYCxDESIGN looks to create a platform for cultural and commercial opportunities, elevate established and emerging design practices and increase awareness of and appreciation for design by all audiences. NYCxDESIGN is a collaboration among the City Council, Mayor’s Office, City agencies and a steering committee composed of some of the City’s most renowned design institutions, retailers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, curators, educators, editors and—of course—designers. For more information: http://nycxdesign.com/
French Design Connection, Chambers Hotel, 15 West 56th Street, NYC, May 18-21. Curated by Clément Sauvoy, more than 70 pieces devoted to French luxury, as well as an installation by the Swiss studio Allegory, span a space of 400 square meters, split between the lobby and open mezzanine. Chambers Hotel will host pieces by great French manufacturers (Saint-Louis, Christofle), by emblematic world-renowned editors (Roche Bobois, La Tôlerie Forézienne, Emeco, Dedar, Lasvit, Bulo, Serralunga, Design Within Reach, When Objects Work, Brokis, Mixcv, With a View), major design personalities (Pierre Charpin, Jean Nouvel, Christophe Pillet, Lucie Koldova, Christophe Delcourt, Bram Boo, Ora Ito, Karim Rashid, Philippe Hurel, Brad Ascalon, Cedric Ragot, Marc Aurel, Stephen Burks, Takumi Shimamura, Claudio Colucci, gt_2P, Mathieu Lehanneur, Stéphanie Marin, Dan Yeffet, Rodrigo Almeida) and prominent contemporary design galleries as well (Cristina Grajales, SMO Galerie, Barry Friedman, Secondome). For more information: www.frenchdesignconnection.com
Brooklyn Design, DUMBO, May 10-12, 2013. New York’s premier exhibition of contemporary furnishings and home accessories designed and/or manufactured in Brooklyn returns. This internationally renowned trade show will feature a dynamic collection of cutting edge designs from Brooklyn-based furnishing designers and manufacturers showcasing iconic Brooklyn style. For more information: http://www.bklyndesigns.com/
Noho Design District Walk, May 17-20, 2013. the Noho Design District will fill New York’s Noho neighborhood over four days with exhibitions, product launches, events, parties, and creative collaborations. This year, the locus of activity shifts to an exciting new spot: SubCulture, a brand new events space at 45 Bleecker, where 12 up-and-coming designers will exhibit as part of Noho Next. For full event listings and hours, visit nohodesigndistrict.com/events