Saturday, April 23, 2011

Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay

I was really lucky to be asked to assist curator Susan Brown on the Sonia Delaunay exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt (10 years in French Immersion paid off). I've liked Sonia's work for a while, but I didn't have any idea how prolific she was. The show includes everything from paintings and costume designs to over thirty years-worth of textiles. The prints are insanely beautiful! Even working with tiny thumbnails made me gasp, so you can imagine how it felt to finally see the stuff in person, not to mention install it. I learned how to 'tjuz', which I'm sure will be a valuable life skill.

Radical Shifts

The last few weeks have been little nuts, but in a good kind of way! I took an intensive course at school; submitted my thesis proposal; started organizing a symposium; assisted on a show that opened at the Cooper-Hewitt; and mounted an exhibition, Radical Shifts, that I'd been planning since last summer. I had a really good time working with my co-curator, Danielle Epstein, and the staff of the Kellen Design Archives at Parsons, and it was so satisfying to see research develop into something more physical, immediate and visual than an essay. I can't wait to do it again!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

This has been my view for the past few weeks. Or some other combination of desk, books, glasses, coffee. But if everything that has to get done gets done, next year could be pretty exciting.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Laura Carlin

Sometimes I wish I'd never heard of the internet. Other times I come across such happy surprises that I want to share them right away, even if it means a temporary neglect of schoolwork.

I just found out that one of my all-time favourite illustrators, Laura Carlin, started a blog. And she's posting the most amazing new work: ceramic figures, bowls, tiles and urns in her amazing sketchy and charming, but really sophisticated style.