The Month Ahead: Snarkitecture Builds a Giant Ball Pit + A Futuristic Water Filter at MoMA PS1
Our Month Ahead series rounds up noteworthy shows, news, and other happenings in the design and architecture communities.
Opening / Closing
Across the U.S.
The 16th edition of MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program debuted at the end of June. Through September 7th, you can see COSMO, an exuberant prototype for filtering and purifying water created by Andres Jacque / Office for Political Innovation.
“Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980” closes at MoMA on July 19th.
If you haven’t yet tried “The Pen” at the Cooper Hewitt, head uptown to see David Adjaye’s selections from its permanent collection.
Closing on July 24th at Sienna Patti Contemporary, the jewelry pieces in “Helen Britton: Devils and Their Friends” explore the links between an ever-shifting popular culture and the traces it leaves behind.
“Object Project: Everyday Things that Changed Everything” will help inaugurate the National Museum of American History’s brand-new Innovation Wing on July 1st. The exhibition is divided into four sections—Bicycles, Refrigerators, Ready-to-Wear Clothes, and Household Hits—each inviting physical participation from visitors.
Photo by Noah Kalina
In case you missed it, Carpenters Workshop’s current exhibition is Vanishing Point,” on view now through August 29th.
The Centre Pompidou combs its permanent collection for some 400 highlights of the past three decades. Opening July 2nd, “Une Histoire, Art, Architecture et Design, des Années 80 à Aujourd’hui” spans the work of more than 200 artists and designers from 55 countries.
“Déboutonner La Mode,” an exhibition featuring more than 3000 unique buttons, closes at Musée des Arts Décoratifs on July 19th.
Weil am Rhein
Coinciding with the exhibition “Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design” at Vitra Design Museum, Burkinabé architect Diébédo Francis Kéré has taken over the Buckminster Fuller dome at the Vitra Campus for the shoe brand Camper. The brand seems to be having a moment, as evidenced by a simultaneous exhibition at Design Museum London, “Life on Foot,” open now through November 1st.
In the News
In conjunction with the opening of the 15th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, take a look at the life of previous pavilions after the initial unveiling in London’s Royal Park. (via The Guardian)
The Rainbow Flag. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
MoMA has acquired the rainbow flag that has become an icon for the gay community, first created by San Francisco’s Gilbert Baker in 1978. (via MoMA Inside/Out)
On July 15th and 16th, designers, scientists, writers, curators and scholars from across the globe will gather at “Knotty Objects,” the first MIT Media Lab Design Summit, to discuss four objects—the brick, bitcoin, steak, and phone—as lenses through which to examine the transdisciplinary nature of contemporary design. This first summit, jumpstarted by Joi Ito and curated by Paola Antonelli, Neri Oxman, and Kevin Slavin, will also be an occasion to present the first annual MIT Media Lab Award to the legendary