Summer in the Air/ June Museum Shows

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Jun 8, 2013 8:45PM

A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

June 2nd – September 2nd 2013/ Los Angeles, CA USA

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles opens the first extensive, scholarly examination of contemporary architecture in Southern California, beginning with a focus on work from the mid 1980s with the likes of Frank Gehry, Franklin D. Israel, Thom Mayne, Michael Rotondi and Eric Owen Moss. These frontrunners and their new approach to possibilities of form led to subsequent generations of expressive, experimental and avant-garde architects in Los Angeles. Much of the exhibition also explores the influence of the city’s unique urban landscape on architectural evolutions.


Eastern Promises: Contemporary Architecture and Spatial Practices in East Asia

MAK Vienna

June 5th – October 6th 2013/ Vienna, Austria

MAK Vienna explores the promise of the pioneering architecture currently unfolding in East Asia, focusing on the countries of China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. All are currently experiencing architectural and urban projects combining social awareness, ecological strategies and artistic practices in new ways. Current architectural endeavors in East Asia reflect more on local traditions and conditions, rather than iconic objects and spectacular forms, lending to a new approach on architecture that considers society’s spatial constraints and dwindling global resources.


The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA


June 9th – September 15th 2013/ Los Angeles, CA USA

The LACMA has commissioned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor to rethink its east campus, providing new insight into the meaning and function of an encyclopedic museum and the relationship of architecture to its site. The exhibition examines the museum’s current buildings within the complicated history of Hancock Park and eventually segues into Zumthor’s preliminary plans for a new building to house the permanent collection, with several large models built by the architect’s studio. The exhibition is part of Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in LA.


The Playground Project

Carnegie Museum of Art

June 10th – August 11th 2013/ Pittsburgh, PA USA

The Playground Project at the Carnegie Museum of Art explores the history of postwar playground design by highlighting important examples of playgrounds form the twentieth century. The exhibition focuses on the years between 1940 and 1980 as the most fruitful era in playground design, including designs from Europe, the United States and Japan. More than 130 photographs, prints, plans, models and books, along with films and slideshows, will illustrate the colorful history of playgrounds.


Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes


June 15th – September 23rd 2013/ New York, NY USA

MoMA begins summer with its first major exhibition on the work of Le Corbusier that encompasses his work as an architect, interior designer, artist, city planner, writer and photographer, the largest exhibition of its kind ever produced in New York. Conceived by guest curator Jean-Louis Cohen, it reveals the ways in which Le Corbusier observed and imagined landscapes throughout his career, using his early watercolors of Italy, Greece and Turkey, to his sketches of India, and the photographs of his formative journeys to the models of his large-scale projects.


Richard Artschwager!

Hammer Museum

June 15th – September 1st 2013/ Los Angeles, CA USA

Previously at the Whitney, the Hammer Museum presents Richard Artschwager!, a major retrospective on the work of the acclaimed artist. The exhibition includes approximately 150 works that survey Artschwager’s exploration of sculpture, painting and drawing, highlighting his extensive study of material, shape and style. This is the first retrospective exhibition since one held at the Whitney in 1988, introducing Artschwager’s work to an entirely new generation.


Living in Style

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

June 18th – September 8th 2013/ New York, NY USA

Once thought of as a modern, post-industrial concept, interior design is the new focus at one of the Met’s summer exhibitions. Sculpting our domestic environment became an art form much earlier than many recognize, with renowned and highly paid artists involved in the creation and manipulation of living spaces for their clients. Many features of the artists’ designs have been captured and preserved on paper, with the exhibition displaying drawings, prints and objects from all over Europe and throughout the United States collected over one hundred years by the Met.


James Turrell 

Guggenheim Museum

June 21–September 25, 2013/ New York, NY USA

After more than 30 years, the Guggenheim debuts the first James Turrell exhibition in a New York museum since 1980, focusing on the artist’s groundbreaking explorations of perception, light, color and space. The site-specific light installation illuminates the Guggenheim rotunda, filling it with shifting artificial and natural light. Other works from the artist’s career will be displayed in the museum’s Annex Level galleries, offering a complement and counterpoint to the work in the rotunda.


Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger

Museum of Arts & Design

June 25th – September 22nd 2013/ New York, NY 2013

The Museum of Arts and Design draws from the world-renowned collection of Barbara Berger, including more than 450 pieces of fashion jewelry in its latest exhibition. Miriam Haskell, Marcel Boucher, Balenciaga, Kenneth Jay Lane and Gripoix are just a few designers represented in its eye-opening display of necklaces, bracelets and earrings, many of them one-of-a-kind. Barbara Berger, daughter of an American diamond merchant, began her collection of more than 3,000 pieces of fashion jewelry as teenager with her first purchase of Chanel earrings from a French flea market. Her jewelry has amassed into one of the largest and finest collections of couture jewelry in the world.

Brandon Grom

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