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The Buzz! —12-14-2021

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Design and Healing at Cooper Hewitt

Left: Mosquito Dome, Washington, D.C.; To keep out mosquitoes, Dr. Albert Freeman Africanus King (1841-1915), proposed erecting a screen over Washington, D.C. Photomontage: Jeffrey Mansfield, MASS Design Group; Right: Rebirth Garments Mask (2021) by Sky Cubacub;  Rebirth Garments are a line of wearables for the full spectrum of gender, size, and ability. Photos courtesy of Cooper Hewitt.

“How can I help?” That’s the question asked by each designer, artist, engineer, doctor, and concerned citizen featured in the Cooper Hewitt’s new exhibition Design and Healing: Creative Responses to Epidemics. Organized during the COVID-19 pandemic and curated by MASS Design Group and Cooper Hewitt, the exhibition presents historical narratives and architectural case studies alongside imaginative design propositions for the ongoing pandemic. From protective gear to community services, infographics, political posters, medical devices, and more, the featured work reflects a collective intention to care for one another—as well as “the shared aspiration to reduce structural barriers that keep us from accessing the care we all deserve.” On view through February 20, 2023.


SVA Loves Milton

Give Earth A Chance for the Environmental Action Coalition (1971) and To Vote Is To Exist (2016) by Milton Glaser. Photos courtesy of School of Visual Arts

New York’s School of Visual Arts presents SVA ♡ Milton: The Legacy of Milton Glaser, an exhibition conceived in tribute to the longtime SVA faculty member and legendary graphic designer. The exhibition features photographs, audio, and original work from the Glaser Archives at SVA—spanning his SVA subway posters, his extensive activism art and posters, behind-the-scenes process work, and more, as well as a cleverly staged record shop featuring over 100 of Glaser’s album covers, a book shop with book and magazine covers, and his desk with all its surroundings from his SVA office. The exhibition is part of SVA’s year-long series of tributes to Glaser, who passed away in June 2020 on his 91st birthday. The show is on view now through January 15, 2021.


Superhouse Vitrine: Second Annual Super Group Exhibition

The second annual Super Group exhibition at Superhouse Vitrine in New York. Photos © Sean Davidson; courtesy of Superhouse

On the occasion of its second annual Super Group exhibition, NYC’s Superhouse asked 50 creatives—including the likes of Thomas Barger, Chen Chen & Kai Williams, CHIAOZZA, and Anna Aagaard Jensen—to explore the boundary between functionality and decoration by creating a single vessel. As Superhouse founder Stephen Markos notes: “I am excited about the continuation of Super Group. This year, all of the works on view present small scale representations of each artist’s investigation into the traditional design maxim ‘form follows function.’  While the works on view can hold water for flowers, soil for plants, and so on, each artist’s individual approach creates many exciting (and surprising) forms.” The show is presented at Superhouse Vitrine, a newly opened 10x10 foot space located in a mini-mall in NYC’s Chinatown. Open now through January 16th, 2022.


Traditional Methods - Contemporary Modes at C Gallery

From left: Benoit Viaene's Cavity Table and Doug Johnston's Baby's Breath wall work, both created for Traditional Methods - Contemporary Modes. Photos courtesy of C. Gallery

Australia’s C. Gallery presents a group exhibition of new work by artist-designers Linde Freya Tangelder, Doug Johnston, and Benoit Viaene. As gallerist Rachael Fry explains, “Through vastly disparate mediums, each artist relies on rich process traditions of craft and fine art to achieve works that are completely au courant yet deeply connected to their forebears.” Among other highlights, the exhibition includes Johnstons’s topographical, intricately hand and machine-woven Baby’s Breath wall work; Viaene’s sinuous Cavity Table in tropical Fraké hardwood; and Tangelder’s backlit, brutalist lighting in cast aluminum and bronze. On view in Cremorne through February 18th.


Carwan Celebrates 10 Years

CARWAN ANNEX and Carwan Gallery in Athens. Photos by Giorgos Sfakianakis; courtesy of Carwan Gallery

On the occasion of its 10-year anniversary, Carwan Gallery celebrates by opening a second space in Piraeus, Greece. The new CARWAN ANNEX will host pop-up shows and special projects; its debut presentation includes a selection of work that has been shown all around the world since the gallery’s opening in Beirut in 2011. The past decade has been a rich one for the lauded, inventive gallery: They’ve inhabited multiple locations, presented in over 70 shows and fairs around the globe, and spotlit 50+ international designers, all the while embodying a spirit at once boldly independent and intimately linked to fostering new creative possibilities through collaboration. The anniversary show is on view through February 5th, 2022.


“I still recall our very first show in Beirut, the excitement to explore a totally new market. We were the first contemporary design gallery to open its doors in the region and, at our first exhibition, people came and told us we were crazy to sell ‘furniture’ at such prices. But we did not give up: after years of perseverance, bringing foreign designers for talks and book signings, doing good with the press, we managed to build a clientele that understood what we were doing...  Ten years later, we have a feeling of déjà-vu in Athens, starting from zero all over again, with the freshness of a rebirth. Everything is possible, this is our motto for sure.” — Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte, Carwan Founder


Luke Fuller at Sarah Myerscough Gallery

Tafone by Luke Fuller (2021), stoneware and porcelain. Photos by Michael Harvey; courtesy of the artist and Sarah Myerscough Gallery

Ceramicist—and recent grad—Luke Fuller makes his solo debut at Sarah Myerscough Gallery in Barnes. With Terra-Form, Fuller presents sculptural, unexpected objects—organic vessels and sculptures—that draw on his upbringing in Wales, reflecting both on the industrial environment and the geological process of the earth. On view now through January 29th.


“I remember as a child always approaching Port Talbot in the car and seeing huge plumes of smoke and a vast industrial landscape that collided with the sea on one side and mountains on the other. It felt alien and abstract. I don’t think I really understood as a child what was going on in terms of the steel production; little did I know that the car I was sat in was made from the stuff. I think there is a lot to be said about the disconnect between our understanding of the excavation of raw materials needed to sustain our current technological existence and the industrial way we live. The relationship I have with Port Talbot has created a strong sense of place in my practice with regard to my fascination with industry and landscape, as well as fuelling my interest in abstraction, construction and disruption of form. —Luke Fuller