Our new monthly guide to must-attend global goings-on in the worlds of architecture, art, design, fashion, and beyond.
May 5–June 4
Tom Sachs’s “Nuggets” at Deitch Gallery
Sculptor Tom Sachs has been dominating New York lately, with one-man shows currently at both the Brooklyn and Noguchi Museums. Add to this an upcoming exhibition at Deitch Gallery titled “Nuggets” (through June 4).The show promises to feature a wide selection of Sachs’s tastefully eccentric works. deitch.com/current
May 6–June 30
Scotstyle - Building the Century
A tour of Scotland will visit 100 of the country’s best architectural sites, all of which were publicly nominated for the event. Starting in Portree, the country-spanning “exhibit” highlights architecture from the past century. foa2016.com
May 8–Aug 28
Landmark at Socrates Sculpture Park
Queens, New York
Queens’s Socrates Sculpture Park celebrates its 30th year with a new exhibition called Landmark. The show is composed of several artist commissions and projects that transform the land of the public space. Among those exhibited are Meg Webster with a 70-feet in diameter living sculptural installation and Hank Williams Thomas, who created a billboard for the main entrance. socratessculpturepark.org
Maison & Objet Americas
International trade show Maison & Objet makes a stop in Miami Beach for the second year in a row. The event brings together a community of 300 brands, designers, architects, and property developers, who will showcase their upscale interior creations. maison-objet.com/americas
6-9 BKLYN Designs
Across the East River, in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, Bklyn Designs will showcase the best in contemporary furniture, lighting, accessories, and art from the talents of the ever-burgeoning borough. In addition to the products, visitors will experience a Coney Island–inspired lounge by Uhuru and a pop-up textile studio from the Textile Arts Center. bklyndesigns.com
13-16 Sight Unseen Offsite
For this year’s Sight Unseen Offsite, Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer, the co-founders of online magazine Sight Unseen, return to curate works of the best independent design studios including Bower, Aelfie, Dusen Dusen Home, and more. It will take place at the Grace Building in Midtown. offsite.sightunseen.com
13-16 Wanted Design
For the third year in a row, Wanted Design continues its quest east with an additional show at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where among the highlights are a show of Parsons School of Design’s select student works, an installation born from a collaboration between Visual Magnetics and Instagram influencer @PlantsOnPink, and Paul Clemence’s “Red Overture” exhibition. The Manhattan show will set up in the Terminal Stores building in Chelsea. wanteddesignnyc.com
Taking place in the Javits Center just north of Manhattan’s Hudson Yards is the 28th annual ICFF, one of North America’s largest showcases of contemporary design. More than 750 exhibitors from around the globe will present their latest and best in design of seating, lighting, wall coverings, and more. icff.com
For those in town for New York Design Week or any other travel this month, New York artist Hank Willis Thomas shares his favorite places and events of the moment.
May is a busy and buzzing month in New York for the worlds of art and design. A few highlights are the "Kambui Olujimi: Solastalgia" exhibition at the Cue Foundation (through May 12), which I curated; "Disguise: Mask and Global African Art" at Brooklyn Museum (through Sept. 18); and if you can get your hands on a ticket, Hamilton on Broadway is a must, too. Stay at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg or the SoHo Grand Hotel, and squeeze some time in for a meal at The Mermaid Inn or the city’s best ice-cream waffle the city has to offer at Mikey Likes It. I’m also looking forward to Frieze, the 1:54 Contemporary African Arts Fair, and the Skowhegan 70th anniversary celebration.
Hermès “Here Elsewhere” Installation Opening
Director and visual artist Robert Wilson will reveal a collaboration with Hermès in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood titled “Here Elsewhere.” The project seeks to put the French label’s Maison collection into a different perspective through an installation that uses video portraits and live performers.
El Museo del barrio Gala 2016
El Museo del Barrio, New York’s preeminent Latino cultural institution, will host its 23rd annual gala. The party will take aesthetic cues from El Museo’s summer exhibition, which features the late Puerto Rican fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez. elmuseo.org/gala-2016
Architizer A+ Gala
Architizer, the largest online curator of architectural projects, is hosting its fourth annual A+ Gala to honor the winners of this year’s A+ Award, which recognizes the top projects across the globe. This year’s notables include Roger Ferris and Partners, Nartarchitects, and Wolfgang Buttress with winners spanning from Palo Alto to Fogo Island. architizer.com
Art Fair Tokyo
As one of the largest fairs of its kind, the 2016 Art Fair Tokyo showcases an expansive range of artistry brought together from domestic and international craftspeople. From contemporary styles to timeless antiques, the wide range of art will be on display at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo, Japan. artfairtokyo.com
Museo Salvatore Ferragamo Exhibition Opening
Museo Salvatore Ferragamo will open a new exhibit titled “Across Art and Fashion” (through April 17, 2017), curated by Maria Luisa Frisa, Enrica Morini, Stefania Ricci, and Alberto Salvadori. The show explores the relationship between art and fashion with pieces like a dress from the 1930s by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Salvador Dalí and a collection by Rodarte informed by Beato Angelico. ferragamo.com/museo
Contributing editor David Basulto, who is also the founder and editor-in-chief of ArchDaily, looks forward to a trip to Italy for the Venice Architecture Biennale.
There’s tons to fill your days with at the 15th Annual International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. The Giardini and the Arsenale, main venues of La Biennale, will host 62 national pavilions and 88 individual exhibits under the theme "Reporting from the Front," directed by Pritzker laureate Alejandro Aravena.
A must-visit is the Nordic Pavilion (which I’m curating), designed by Sverre Fehn. The building, built in the the ’60s, is one of the most beautiful permanent structures at the Giardini. Across the Arsenale you will find the Palasport "Giobatta Gianquinto," a brutalist gymnasium from the ’70s that will host the Baltic Countries Pavilion, offering a rare opportunity to visit this building. Nearby the Biennale venues, you will find the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, an architectural masterpiece designed by Carlo Scarpa, and the "Time-Space-Existane" Biennale collateral event, showcasing the work of more than a hundred contemporary architects. During the Biennale, architects, critics, and visitors will unwind on the many osterias and bars in the historic city, including some architects’ favorites such as the bars of the Bauer Hotel (Bar Canale during the day and B Bar at night) and the Club del Doge restaurant of the Gritti Palace. For sure, most will end at the the Campo Santa Margherita.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
ArteBA annual art fair is South America’s answer to Pulse, showcasing contemporary work from galleries, curators, and collaborative projects, focusing on Argentinian artists. Content creators for the 2016 edition include Manuel Segade, Cecilia Szalkowicz, Inés Katzenstein, and more. arteba.org
Index (International Design Exhibition)
The International Design Exhibition is the region’s premiere interiors and design showcase, presenting the works of more than 720 brands. The networking event-cum-showcase includes categories like eco, sleep, technology, artisan, lighting, plus a talk with Karim Rashid. indexexhibition.com
The Gordon Parks Foundation 10th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Auction
The Gordon Parks Foundation’s awards dinner and auction will be hosted at Cipriani. The institution, which was founded to preserve the work of the late photographer Gordon Parks, is honoring Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow of Public School and Janelle Monáe. gordonparksfoundation.org
Clerkenwell Design Week
In London’s Clerkenwell neighborhood, the city’s epicenter for design, U.K. and international brands will host exhibitions and showroom events during the three-day independent festival. Highlights include a functional installation from Giles Miller Studio, a Charles and Ray Eames exhibition at the Barbican, and a talk series. clerkenwelldesignweek.com
Semi Permanent, a yearly event that brings together design professionals, will feature lectures from executives at Google, Netflix, Ace Hotels, Facebook, and other industry leaders during the “Future States” session. The three-day series is filled with interactive workshops and lessons that will be held at Carriageworks. semipermanent.com
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