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The Buzz! —9-6-2021

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Welcome to The Buzz, a biweekly roundup of design world news and inspiration for Design Miami’s discerning community of creatives and collectors. Enjoy!


Bethan Laura Wood at Nilufar & Milan Design Week

Ornate by Bethank Laura Wood, on view at the Nilufar this week, celebrates a decade of collaboration between the British designer and Milanese gallerist Nina Yashar. Photo © Angus Mills

It’s Milan Design Week, and we’re on the ground to check it out. Among the many installations on our must-see list: Ornate by Bethan Laura Wood at Nilufar Gallery, presented alongside other projects by Analogia Project and Audrey Large.  Stay tuned for our full roundup of highlights on Friday!


New Ceramics by Donna Green at Hostler Burrows

Donna Green in her studio. Untitled by Donna Green, 2020. Photos by Alexandra Rowley; courtesy of the artist

This week, Hostler Burrows opens an exhibition of new work by Australian-born, New York-based ceramic artist Donna Green. For her first solo show at the New York gallery, Green presents an intuitively driven collection that explores the physicality of the material itself, leading to vibrant, unpredictable outcomes. The show runs through October 8th.


Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer at the Cooper-Hewitt

Poster, The Labour Woman, 1925; published by Woman’s Labour League, Labour Party (England). Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource | Book cover, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 1952; published by Random House. Photo Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Also this week, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York presents Underground Modernist, the largest-ever exhibition of works by American graphic design pioneer E. McKnight Kauffer. Renowned in his lifetime as the “poster king,” Kauffer relentlessly pursued innovation in the commercial arts. On view will be some 200 design objects, ranging from riveting posters promoting revolutions in transportation to book jackets and illustrations for the most influential publications of the time and more. The show is open to the public through April 10, 2022.


Reuse, Renew, Recycle: Recent Architecture from China at MoMA

Bamboo Theater in HengKeng Village, Songyang, China, by DnA_Design & Architecture, 2015. Photo Wang Ziling (MoMA 264.2020.3)

On view from September 18th: Reuse, Renew, Recycle: Recent Architecture from China at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The exhibition presents eight projects that represent a new generation of Chinese architects and their commitment to social and environmental sustainability—including Amateur Architecture Studio, Archi-Union Architects, Atelier Deshaus, DnA_Design & Architecture, and standardarchitecture. The show runs through July 4, 2022.


Barbara Kruger’s Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You. at the Art Institute of Chicago

Untitled (Forever) by Barbara Kruger, 2017. Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, 2017–18. Amorepacific Museum of Art (APMA), Seoul. Photo by Timo Ohler; courtesy of Sprüth Magers

This month, the Art Institute of Chicago opens Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You., an exhibition that encompasses the breadth of iconic American artist Barbara Kruger’s four-decade career, from early and rarely seen pasteups to recent digital productions. Though not intended to be a retrospective, per se, the presentation includes works on vinyl, site-specific installations, animations, and multichannel video installations and highlights the artist’s influence as  a consistent, critical observer of the ways that images circulate through our culture. It will run September 19, 2021–January 24, 2022 at the Art Institute, before traveling to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


Here We Are! Women in Design 1900–Today at Vitra Design Museum

Life at the Bauhaus: Group portrait of the weavers behind their loom in the weaving workshop, Bauhaus Dessau, 1928.© Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin

On September 23rd in Weil am Rhein, Vitra Design Museum will launch Here We Are! Women in Design 1900–Today, an exhibition of work from around 80 women designers, from Eileen Gray and Charlotte Perriand to Matali Crasset and Patricia Urquiola. Drawing from 120 years of design history, the show tells a new, many-voiced story of design against the background of the struggle for equal rights and recognition. It runs through March 6, 2022.