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The Buzz! —10-22-2021
Design Miami’s biweekly, can't-miss roundup of design world news and inspiration
Welcome to The Buzz, a biweekly roundup of design world news and inspiration for Design Miami’s discerning community of creatives and collectors. Enjoy!
COSMOS: Design from Here and Beyond at the Centre for Innovation and Design
From black holes and dark matter to eclipses, meteorites, stars, and beyond, the universe has always inspired artists across mediums. This weekend, Belgium’s Centre for Innovation and Design at Grand-Hornu launches a design exhibition dedicated to our wonder and fascination with space. Cosmos: Design from Here and Beyond features a range of space-inspired works by both some of today’s biggest names, including StudioNucleo, CTRLZAK, Constance Guisset, Jasper Morrison, and Gio Tirotto, as well as vintage pieces by the likes of Charles and Ray Eames, Verner Panton, and Vico Magistretti. On view through February 27, 2022.
The New Guard: Stories from The New World at Carpenters Workshop Gallery
This week, Carpenters Workshop Gallery in New York debuts The New Guard: Stories from The New World, an exhibition spotlighting seven outstanding emerging talents from the US and Caribbean. Working across a range of experimental materials and techniques, the narrative-driven, hand-wrought works on display offer a snapshot of the “New World,” a reference both to the historical Euro-centricity of design discourse as well as the arrival of a new generation of fresh, vital voices transforming the contemporary design landscape. The show is guest-curated by Anava Projects—the creative agency led by Design Miami’s very own Anna Carnick and Wava Carpenter—as well as Carpenters NYC gallery director Ashlee Harrison. On view now through January 22, 2022. Read more about the show and these fresh young artist-designers here.
Roberto Lugo’s Back and Forth: Red and Meth
Opening today: For his latest show at Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, artist, activist, spoken word poet, and educator Roberto Lugo reimagines the gallery space as “a visionary Latinx shop,” filled with objects to live with—including bowls, pipes, lighting, sneakers, and more. Lugo shares the space with collaborators Salvatore Annunziato, Charlie Cunningham, Kyle Mello Dixon, Griff Jurchak, and Ashley Porrini. The show runs through December 30th.
“I wonder what the streets could look like in a gallery; the intersections of my culture reflected in those corridors. Where the emblems of my community and my pottery thrive together. I consider the shoes, the mixtapes, the style, and all the ways that we stunt. And I ask, why can’t pots be a part of that? Throughout my life I’ve experienced a constant back and forth: people who look like me inspiring a society that steals from and oppresses them. My work is my response. What happens when our culture has the autonomy to be able to express itself, celebrate itself, and evolve free of hate?...” —Roberto Lugo
The Latin American Modernism
Now Showing: Laffanour–Galerie Downtown in Paris presents Latin American Modernism: From Architecture to Design. The show reflects on post-war creations by three luminaries who were both architects and designers, Luis Barragan, José Zanine Caldas, and Oscar Niemeyer—and features stunning furniture and drawings. Open through November 11th.
Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition
Today, Kunstmuseum Bern launches Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition, a major, transatlantic retrospective featuring over five decades of work by the celebrated Swiss artist. Emphasizing the diversity of Oppenheim’s oeuvre—including affinities with pop art, nouveau réalisme, arte povera, and postmodern design—the show includes over 200 key works on paper, sculptures, objects, and paintings. The exhibition is a collaboration among the Kunstmuseum Bern, the Menil Collection in Houston, and the MoMA New York, and will travel on to the US following its European debut. On view in Bern through February 13, 2022.