Charles and Ray Eames’ 1977 short film feels simultaneously slightly dated and like it’s on the cutting edge. As Philip Morrison narrates the process of “giant steps” carrying us “into the outskirts of the galaxy,” it feels like an homage to the unbounded optimism of modernism – to the conviction that science, reason and knowledge will free us from the constraints of god and religion. And yet, Morrison points out, as we look on the universe as we understand it, “this emptiness is normal.” Perspective may shift, a sense of oneness can emerges and one might be tempted to take a deep breath. What magic were those Eameses up to, anyway?
103 posts categorized "Art"
December 04, 2012
November 21, 2012
Red Sun by Arthur G. Dove, 1935. Oil on canvas. On display at Amon Carter Museum. © Estate of Arthur G. Dove; The Phillips Collection
Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From the Phillips Collection in Fort Worth to Eero Saarinen in Los Angeles to Studio Gang Architects in Chicago, there is richness to enjoy everywhere.
Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles
Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts
October 23, 2012
The Rain Room in London. Photo by Oli Scarf/Getty Images
Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From powerful women in Seattle to a celebration of George Nelson at Yale to controlling the rain in London, there is richness to enjoy everywhere.
Seattle Art Museum
Women Take Over, Elles: Women Artists from Centre Pompidou, Paris
Yale School of Architecture
George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher - Opens Nov. 8
Random International: Rain Room
October 10, 2012
If you've ever been to Marin County, California, you know it is a hot area for biking. But did you know that it is actually where mountain biking began? The quote above is what Joe Breeze said to Otis Guy while riding their stripped-down, single-speed Schwinn bikes on Mt. Tam in 1975.
An exhibition currently at San Francisco International Airport (yes, at the airport) explores the exciting evolution of mountain biking. "From Repack to Rwanda: The Origins, Evolution, and Global Reach of the Mountain Bike" will be on display in the International Terminal through February 2013.
October 05, 2012
Schaukelwagen (Rocking car) by Hans Brockhage, 1950. On display at MoMA, New York.
Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From Louis Kahn in NYC to a celebration of George Nelson at Cranbrook to “House & Home” in Washington, D.C., there is richness to enjoy everywhere.
Lori Bookstein Fine Art
Louis I. Kahn: In the Park - Opens Oct. 11
The Museum at FIT
Denver Art Museum
What is Modern?
September 18, 2012
As if we needed another reason to go to The Netherlands... The exhibition "Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979" will be on view at NAiM/Bureau-Europa from September 29 to February 10. Created in collaboration with Princeton University, the exhibition will explore "the way Playboy magazine used architecture and design as important tools to shape a new identity for the American male." Check out Interior Design for a preview of the exhibition and slideshow.
September 14, 2012
Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From the "Ivy League look" in NYC to a celebration of George Nelson at Cranbrook to “House & Home” in Washington, D.C., there is richness to enjoy everywhere.
The Museum at FIT
Denver Art Museum
What is Modern?
August 06, 2012
In celebration of what would have been Andy Warhol's 84th birthday, we're reposting an interview we did last year with Arthur Edelman, who happened to be the artist's first boss.
The Andy Warhol Experience
Originally published December 12, 2011
Not long after arriving in New York City in 1953, a young artist named Andy Warhol began to make his way in the world of commercial illustration. Edelman Leather was one of Warhol’s first clients and over the course of several years he worked closely with owners Arthur and Teddy Edelman, producing everything from advertisements to showrooms. Their relationship culminated in a coloring book that could have only come from the mind of Warhol, created especially for clients' children for Christmas in 1961. Now back in print, A Coloring Book: Drawings by Andy Warhol (1961/2011) will amuse and charm a new audience, both young and old.
We recently had opportunity to speak with the Edelmans (if the name sounds familiar it's because they're our CEO's parents) about Warhol and what is was like working with the young commercial illustrator who would go on to become the most famous pop art artist in the world.
DWR: Describe the first time you saw Andy Warhol.
July 30, 2012
I want to play with every single thing shown in this photograph. Perhaps the name of MoMA's latest exhibition should be "Century of the child-at-heart" rather than "Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000." The show is the first "large-scale overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking." The themes explored include school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children's hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books. The must-see objects on display range from Alma Siedhoff-Buscher's Bauhaus nursery furniture to children's chairs by Marcel Breuer to works by Charles and Ray Eames.
Which childhood toy or game do you wish you still had?
July 03, 2012
Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From 100 years of chairs in Florida to a celebration of George Nelson at Cranbrook to “House & Home” in Washington, D.C., there is richness to enjoy everywhere.
Tampa Museum of Art
A Hundred Years - A Hundred Chairs: Masterworks from the Vitra Design Museum
June 05, 2012
I was over the moon when I first saw these “tweets from space” but now I’m even more intrigued by the mystery behind them. According to NASA, Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi is not currently on the International Space Station (ISS). And according to the brilliantly named website howmanypeopleareinspacerightnow.com (my go-to site when needing big-picture perspective), there are only six people in space, and they’re all located on the ISS.
National Building Museum
House & Home
International Center of Photography
Gordon Parks: 100 Years
May 21, 2012
The Noho Design District is one of the hottest design destinations in New York City during Design Week. It is produced and curated annually by Sight Unseen in partnership with NoHo-Bowery Stakeholders to coincide with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Here are a few highlights from this year's event, May 18-21.
May 04, 2012
DWR's Bonnie Edelman is featured in Wag Magazine this month. Journalist Mary Shustack reports on the photographer's special connection to Uruguay, horse breeder Althea Ganly, and a special training method called imprinting. "What happens is you get these very calm, docile horses, friendly horses,” says Edelman. "So while they look wild, they are quite easy to work with." Read the article at wagmag.com.
May 03, 2012
Congratulations and best wishes to Lindsey Wynans, a residential designer in Houston who had her bridal portraits taken at the DWR Studio in her city. Photographer Lynsey Creative beautifully captured this modern bride, and we were flattered to be included in such a special occasion. As for which chair caught the bouquet, we're guessing it was the Eames Rocker in light blue.
May 02, 2012
What could be more chaotic than a four-way intersection in the middle of Berlin with no traffic lights? How about a four-way intersection in the middle of Berlin covered in fluorescent paint! IEPE Rubingh was the mastermind behind this piece, with the enlisted help of what he calls an “anonymous crew”. Rubingh, who has become known for his large performance pieces in public spaces, took the initiative to create modern art in a way that we have never seen.
April 21, 2012
San Francisco MoMA
The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area
Through July 29
California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way
Through June 3
April 06, 2012
Featured in a special issue of Design Gossip by the lighting company Flos, DWR founder Rob Forbes takes readers on a journey of visual literacy this month. From the Pantheon in Rome to a wine cellar in California, Forbes gives examples of how architects – often unwittingly – can be extraordinary lighting designers. The essay reminds me of George Nelson’s writings in How To See, in which Nelson presents his ideas on how to read the man-made environment. Like Nelson, Forbes carries his camera everywhere and is a master at recognizing and evaluating the things that surround us every day. Learn more about how Forbes sees the world in “Light and Magic.”
In 2010, Forbes founded PUBLIC, with a mission to help improve the quality of our public spaces and our public lives.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Kandinsky at the Bauhaus, 1922-1933
Ends April 15
J. Paul Getty Museum
In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945-1980
Ends May 6
Portland Art Museum
Through the Looking Glass: Photography's Use of Windows, Doorways and Mirrors
Ends May 6
Ends May 27
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum
Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939
Ends June 2. This is the final venue for this traveling exhibition.