In a New York Minute

Danielle Rago
May 13, 2013 11:16PM

Just got back to New York in time for the end of Frieze and the start of New York's first ever Design Week! Such a great citywide initiative to showcase and promote design of all disciplines. With so many exhibits, events and talks to see in such a short amount of time, I've selected a few of my top picks to share with you!

If you're not fatigued from Frieze, check out Cutlog, an alternative art fair on the Lower East Side that recently relocated to New York via Paris. From May 10-13, 2013, the Clemente, a Dutch Neo-Gothic building, formerly a public school, will feature forty galleries and curators who will present art, installations, performances, publications, talks, and films in a creative environment of scenographed spaces. One of the highlights of this year's fair is a sound installation on the third floor titled Convergence by LA collective THE NOISE INDEX.

Commerce + Curation at the Museum of Arts and Design on Tuesday, May 14, examines the fine line between shopping and curating that was oftentimes blurred during the early days of exhibiting design in the museum. Through historic examples dating as far back as MoMA's Useful Household Objects under $5.00, 1938 and Good Design, 1950, the panel will look these exhibits as well as the Everyday Art Gallery at the Walker Art Center, and An Exhibition for Modern Living at the Detroit Institute of Arts as case studies for understanding the relationship between commerce and curation within an institutional setting.

Also on Tuesday, Storefront for Art + Architecture is presenting a panel discussion on the book titled In Search of the Public: Notes on the Contemporary American CityThe publication questions the notion of public space - what it is, how much it's worth, how it can be mapped, understood, and strengthened? The collection of projects, essays and interviews that comprise the book address the evolving role of public space within contemporary American urbanism. 

To find out more about public spaces, visit the High Line for a walking tour on Friday, May 17. Design High Above the City highlights the design of the visionary public park built on an elevated freight rail line created by landscape architects, James Corner Field Operations, with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Piet Oudolf. Learn about the High Line from conception through execution including the opportunities and challenges of designing and constructing a park in the sky on the elevated steel structure of the High Line.

Images Courtesy THE NOISE INDEX and New York Design Week

Danielle Rago