UNESCOitalia: Italyâ€™s World Heritage Sites in the Works of 14 Photographers
Mueso Italo Americano
Fort Mason Center, Building C
December 6 to January 26, 2014
In celebration of 2013: The Year of Italian Culture in the United States, the Museo Italo Americano, in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco, will be showcasing a collection of images of Italyâ€™s UNESCO World Heritage sites as seen through the lenses of 14 prominent Italian photographers.
Form/Unformed:Â Design from 1960 to the Present
The Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood Street
Extended through December 2014
The Dallas Museum of Art is celebrating the work of prolific designers and architects from the 1960s to the presentÂ with its first comprehensive design exhibition. Some ofÂ the featured designers include Robert Venturi, Frank Gehry, Aldo Rossi, Zaha Hadid, and Donald Judd. Drawn entirely from the Museumâ€™s own collection, the exhibition revealsÂ the evolution of forms and ideologies that have shapedÂ international design over the last half century.
â€œSeveralÂ of the works on view are recent acquisitions that reflect the continuing expansion of the Museumâ€™s decorative arts and design program to include historic American and European work, as well as contemporary objects of internationalÂ significance,â€ said Bonnie Pitman, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. From modern jewelryÂ like The Golden Fleece, to iconic furniture, the exhibition spotlights the extraordinary work of some of the best designers of our time.
Dante Ferretti: Design and Construction for the Cinema
Museum of Modern Art
The Roy and Niuta Titus Galleries and the Film Lobby
Dante Ferretti: Designing for the Big Screen
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters
Through February 9, 2014
When you enter the Film Entrance to the Museum of Modern Art at 11 West 53rd Street, you are greeted by two large lions. No, you are not 11 blocks south at the New York Public LIbrary, nor are you in Venice, Italy. You are entering the world of Dante Ferretti, the 70-year old multiâ€“Academy Awardâ€“winning art director of films, opera, exhibitions, and even two New York City restaurants, Salumeria Rosi (design inspired by a scene in Federico Felliniâ€™s Satyricon). Large, muscular, physically confident objects dot the floorâ€”the clock-face from Hugo (Martin Scorsese, 2011), Art Deco chandeliers from SalÃ², or the 120 Days of SodomÂ (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975), and Arcimboldo figures comprised of vegetables, fruits and flowers (Milan World Expo, 2015). But these are actually lightweight, ephemeral objects made of fiberglass and not meant to last beyond the creation of the film or duration of the event. The clock and chandeliers were on the cusp of being tossed when curators Jytte Jensen and Ron Magliozzi salvaged them.
Nearly three decades after he was launched into design stardom by his biomorphic, aluminum Lockhead Lounge (above), famed Australian industrial designer Marc Newson will soon receive his first solo museum exhibition in the United States. Presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, “Marc Newson: At Home” will collect furniture, clothing, appliances, and Newsonsâ€™ 021C Ford concept car within a mock, six-room home in the museumâ€™s Collab Gallery. Gathered from collections across Europe, Japan, and the United States, in addition to Newsonâ€™s personal cache, the objects on display will highlight the various facets of the designerâ€™s distinctive style of flowing lines, bulbous forms, bright colors, and industrial references which helped to define an era of industrial design. The exhibition opens November 23rd and runs until April 20, 2014.
New York City
IFC Center and SVA Theater
This year the 4th DOC NYCÂ documentary film festival boasts 132 films and events: 73 feature-length, 39 shorts, and 20 panels. Tucked into the schedule are films about architecture, design, and the arts amongst a wide array of subjectmatter. Only one, If You Build It, was also seen at the recent Architecture & Design Film Festival, so hereâ€™s your chance to view a new crop and to see the ones youâ€™ve missed.
The West Coast architect Glen Small has now been largely forgotten, but from the 1960s through the 1980s he was at the center of architectural experimentation and ecological consciousness in California. His journey from an early founder of SCI-Arc and a pioneer of Califorinia environmentalism was documented in a biopic My Father, The GeniusÂ made by his talented film maker daughter Lucia Small.
The current Milan Triennale exhibition, running through December 2013, is on view in the city’s Palace of Art building, part of Parco Sempione, the park grounds adjacent to Castello Sforzesco. Nancy Goldring visited the exhibit for AN and reports back on the highlights of the exhibit.
When you enter the Milan Triennale, there is a line-up of fanciful chairsâ€”rather a small version of Lucas Samaras’ great show at the Whitney. But the exhibition itself promises a much more serious consideration of the world of design. The Association for Industrial Design (ADI) added a new category to its 2010 Trienniale Design: Service Design. This year in Design for Living, Luisa Bocchietto and the Triennale committee have added yet another new sectionâ€”Social Designâ€”those who have offered examples of responsible design, an attempt to get away from simply the design of beautiful objects and to focus on the activities of designers who are trying to make a contribution to the way we live and change the systems themselves.
National Geographicâ€™s â€œGreatestÂ Photographs of the American Westâ€
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
1430 Johnson Lane, Eugene, Oregon
Through December 31
Throughout its 125-year history, National Geographic has been home to some of the highest quality photojournalismÂ in the world, captivating its audiences with powerful and spectacular imagery. This fall, the Jordan Schnitzer MuseumÂ of the University of Oregon is displaying the magazineâ€™sÂ greatest photographs of the American West; a region that has long captivated photographers. The exhibition will run through to December 31.
Included are photographs by Sam Abell, Ansel Adams, William Albert, and many other renowned photographers. The exhibition isÂ organized into four sections, each focusing on various aspectsÂ of the American West and its significance to the countryâ€™s national identity. From spectacular rock formations to cowboys and Native Americans, this exhibition draws from the significant holdings of the National Geographic Archive. The American WestÂ was organized with the National MuseumÂ of Wildlife Art of the United States and Museums West.
Beyond the Assignment:Â Defining Photos of Architecture and Design
Julius Shulman Institute
7500 Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank, CA
Through November 1
Beyond the Assignment celebrates the work of ten of todayâ€™s leading architectural photographers in the United StatesÂ who draw inspiration from their image-making predecessors,Â such as Julius Shulman and Ezra Stoller. The exhibition,Â curated by Bilyana Dimitrova, is being showcased at the Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery, and will be running from October 5 to November 1.
2013 Architecture & Design Film Festival
54 Varick Street
â€œErecting a building is like making a movieâ€¦.both processes involve blending light and movement into space and time. A model is like a script: at best itâ€™s a promise and at worst itâ€™s a safeguard. And, as with a script, a moment comes when you have to test your model against reality. You must start shooting the film, start erecting the building.”
â€”The Interior Passage
We can see these starts when the two art forms come together in the 4th annual Architecture & Design Film Festival at the Tribeca Cinemas where 25 films will be screened through October 20. This year, the trend is toward process films that chronicle movements and initiatives (planning, education, preservation), portraits of buildings more than individuals, and Modernism referenced even when itâ€™s not the direct subject.
Museum of Contemporary Photography
660 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Through December 20
The Museum of Contemporary Photographyâ€™s exhibition,Â Of Walking, explores how the simple act of walking gives rise to countless intricate thoughts. Although walking may be perceived as one of mankindâ€™s most simple acts, it triggersÂ a series of emotions and contemplations. Of Walking shows that it is not just about putting one foot in front of the other, nor is it solely the motion from point A to point B. The curatorsÂ sought to demonstrate how the process of thinking is made possible by the act of walking.