|Charles Correa: India’s Greatest Architect||Clerkenwell Design Week||Punk: Chaos to Couture|
|RIBA, London||Various venues, London||The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York|
|14 May 2013 – 4 September 2013||21–23 May 2013||9 May - 11 August 2013|
Celebrated for his contribution to post-independence Indian architecture, Charles Correa balances global influences and local sensitivity in his work. The exhibition, designed by David Adjaye Associates, will look at Correa’s affordable housing designs and schemes to improve cityscapes. The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Museum and Toronto’s new Ismaili Centre will be among the major projects featured.
The three-day festival returns to invigorate Clerkenwell’s streets and converted spaces with an array of curated projects. Historical venues, including the Farmiloe Building and the House of Detention, will host UK and international brands, while The Priory of the Order of St John will display a sculptural lighting installation by Sharon Marston. Now in its fourth year, the festival will have more exhibition space and a focus on interior decoration.
Has punk’s non-conformist style finally been absorbed by the establishment? From May, New York’s largest art institution will explore punk’s influence on high fashion, bringing together about 100 garments from the 1970s to the present day. Chaos to Couture will depict punk’s origins and icons, contrasting its DIY aesthetic with the borrowed symbols and imitations of contemporary haute couture. The display will be animated with music videos and soundscaping audio techniques.
|James Turrell: A Retrospective||Hopper Drawing||Frieze New York|
|Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California||Whitney Museum, New York||Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan|
|26 May 2013 - 6 April 2014||23 May 2013 – 6 October 2014||10–13 May 2013|
Californian artist James Turrell has enjoyed a career spanning nearly 50 years, rising to prominence during the Light and Space movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The retrospective will show his early geometric light projections, prints and drawings as well as his ongoing masterwork, Roden Crater. Models, plans, photographs and films will be used to document the volcanic crater’s transformation into a huge, naked-eye observatory for the viewing of celestial phenomena.
Edward Hopper’s famous paintings, Early Sunday Morning, New York Movie, Office at Night and Nighthawks, reveal the artist’s eye for composition. Hopper Drawing will present these pieces alongside their preparatory sketches, intending to highlight Hopper’s underappreciated achievements as a draughtsman. More than 2,500 drawings will be on show, many for the first time, as well as archival research on the buildings, spaces and urban environments that inspired these works.
Overlooking the East River, the fair is an opportunity to buy pieces from the world’s leading artists. Launched last year as the counterpart to Frieze London, the New York incarnation has grown to feature more than 180 galleries. The Frieze Projects programme will display new commissions from Liz Glynn, Maria Loboda, Marianne Vitale, Andra Ursuta and Mateo Tannatt within the fair and around Randall’s Island.
|International Contemporary Furniture Fair||What Design Can Do!||The Progressive Pencil: George Elmslie’s Prairie School Designs|
|Jacob K Javits Convention Center, New York||Various venues, Amsterdam||Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota|
|18–21 May 2013||16–17 May 2013||26 May 2013 – 26 August 2013|
New York’s cultural calendar looks busy this May as the ICFF opens the week after Frieze. The convention centre will host the latest furniture and interior design from global retailers, designers and manufacturers. Marking its 25th anniversary, the event aims to explore “what’s best and what’s next” in design. A product-development programme will match selected designers with material and fabricator exhibitors – pairing Tom Dixon with high-tech company Trumpf, for instance.
International designers from multiple disciplines will convene in Amsterdam to “break taboos” and tackle the challenges of the modern world in May. The third edition of this event, characterised by its activist attitude, will promote design as a force for change, freedom and improvement. Two days of talks addressing the social potential of design will be accompanied by workshops, exhibitions and a fashion show. Confirmed speakers include DUS Architects, Urban-Think Tank and Twitter designer Mike Kruzeniski.
George Grant Elmslie worked with Louis Sullivan before joining William Purcell as a partner of Purcell & Elmslie. Their practice became the second most commissioned firm of the Prairie School, after Frank Lloyd Wright. The Progressive Pencil opens as Elmslie’s Purcell-Cutts House (pictured) celebrates its 100th anniversary. The architect’s work will be presented with historic photos, design drawings and furniture, including a one-of-a-kind dining-room suite.