Three recently opened exhibitions are generating a lot of great publicity …
Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen, at MoMA through March 14, 2011 “explores the twentieth-century transformation of the kitchen and highlights MoMA’s recent acquisition of an unusually complete example of the iconic “Frankfurt Kitchen,” designed in 1926–27 by the architect Grete Schütte-Lihotzky.”
Notorious and Notable: 20th Century Women of Style, at the Museum of the City of New York, through January 3, 2011, “highlights 80 prominent New York women who used their style, talent, or wealth to capture the attention of society and the media. The exhibition features a runway of original attire—much of it created by the most important designers of their times—and an impressive selection of jewelry crafted from the dawn of the 20th century to its close.”
Japan Fashion Now, at the Museum at F.I.T, through January 8, 2011, “is the first exhibition to explore how Japanese fashion has evolved in recent years. … Contemporary Japanese fashion is globally significant precisely because it mixes elements of realism, such as high-tech fabrics or creating a perfect pair of jeans, with both the avant-garde and pop cultural elements, especially those associated with electronic media, such as manga (comics), anime (animated cartoons), and video games”
Also, the 92nd Street Y’s “Dialogues with Design Legends” (curated by the brilliantDaniella Ohad) kicked off its series with a conversation between influential industrial designer Marc Newson and Alice Rawsthorne, the design critic of the International Herald Tribune. While I will publish my thoughts on this event later, I want to mention that this season’s talks are all with industry heavyweights. Santiago Calatrava is appearing on October 4th and Frank Gehry (!!) on October 13th. A discussion with Victoria Hagan closes the series on October 28th. I heard that the both the Calatrava and Gehry talks are nearly sold out so go to the Y’s website (link) if you are interested.