On view through May, 2015 is the exhibition Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, at MoMA, NY, curated by Portuguese architect Pedro Gadanho. The exhibition foresees social and economical concerns of urban centers, challenged by overpopulation, scarcity of resources and the inequality of current urban development. “In 2030, the world’s population will be a staggering eight billion people. Of these, two-thirds will live in cities. Most will be poor. With limited resources, this uneven growth will be one of the greatest challenges faced by societies across the globe. Over the next years, city authorities, urban planners and designers, economists, and many others will have to join forces to avoid major social and economic catastrophes, working together to ensure these expanding megacities will remain habitable. To engage this international debate, Uneven Growth brings together six interdisciplinary teams of researchers and practitioners to examine new architectural possibilities for six global metropolises: Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, New York, and Rio de Janeiro.”
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December 5th marks the 100th birthday of legendary architect Lina Bo Bardi (December 4, 1914, Rome, Italy — March 20, 1992, São Paulo) with celebrations, exhibitions and programs around the world commemorating the legacy of one of the most unique and radical architects of the 20th century. Lina Bo Bardi immigrated to Brazil in the late 1940’s, after collaborating closely with Gio Ponti, and being the deputy director of seminal Italian architecture magazine Domus. In Brazil Lina further developed her unique approach in architecture, favoring a social impetus rather than aesthetics, following the humanist concerns from Ponti. Lina projected some of the most iconic, impressive and monumental architecture in Brazil – such as MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia and SESC, as well as other more intimate and community-based projects. Programs celebrating Lina Bo Bardi’s centenary include: Lina Bo Bardi 100 – Brazil’s alternative path to modernism, at the Architekturmuseum der TU München (Pinakothek der Moderne), Munich, Germany; Lina Bo Bardi born in Rome in 1914, at the Johann Jacobs Museum, Zurich, Switzerland; Centenário de Lina Bo Bardi – Tempos Vivos de uma Arquitetura, at Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Brazil; La architettura politica di Lina Bo Bardi, at Galeria Nacional de Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy; Lina gráfica at SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, and Lina Bo Bardi em Uberlândia (Lina Bo Bardi e o Triângulo Mineiro) at the Paróquia Divino Espírito Santo, among other programs around the world. Check the official Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi site for a full list of events and information.
The exhibition New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America opened this week at the Museum of Arts and Design, NY, investigating on current art and design production tendencies,coming out of Latin America, that deal with globalization and its consequential diffusion of concepts, references, materials and languages. Highlights include the photography and soft sculptures by Peruvian Lucia Cuba, the photographs from the series Architecture of Necessity by Cuban Ernesto Oroza, as well as the furniture design of Brazilian Zanini de Zanine, whose exhibited Moeda armchair reutilizes sheet metal webbings leftover from the production of discontinued 10¢ Brazilian coins. “The term “new territories,” as evoked by Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce, refers to the state of making in today’s globalized society, a phenomenon that has helped to spur a confluence of art, design and craft. The exhibition New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America will examine this trend in several distinct cities throughout Latin America, where some of the most pertinent new directions in arts and design are emerging today.” Check here for more info.
Paul Kasmin Gallery’s PK Shop has rounded up some incredible limited edition and one-of-a-kind objects that blur the line between art and design, in a curated selection that will be on view, and for sale, from November 5th to December 23rd. Included are Marcia Grostein‘s inventive sculptural lighting fixtures, made from aluminum, resin and LED lights, that elegantly bear light within its organic and delicate forms, Ivan Navarro’s poetic Eclipse Clock and Rashaad Newsome’s Fitted Crown, a jewel-ornamented leather baseball cap. Check here for more info.
Brazilian design duo extraordinaire the Campana Brothers will open the site-specific room installation, Wood, at Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden, on November 2nd. Inspired by nature and composed of straw and wood, Wood marks the first exhibition of the Campanas in Sweden, which will extend to a program of workshops and lectures during the run of the exhibition. “We have moved into the nature and the message is to let nature take back its rightful place among the people,” says Humberto Campana. Check here for more info.
Contemporary Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto will open the exhibition Haux Haux of his celebrated work at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen, Germany, on October 26th. Known for creating installations that render imaginary environments that confound viscerality, architecture, scale and notions of interior/exterior, the exhibition will present interactive installations and sculptures from Neto’s oeuvre and will also debut a video realized especially for the exhibition. Check here for more info.
Earlier in the month the 2014 Bienal de São Paulo opened, housed in the iconic modernist Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, designed by Oscar Niemeyer and originally built in 1957. Titled How to (…) Things That Don’t Exist, the 2014 biennial unites international curators Charles Esche, Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente and Oren Sagiv, and divulges the possibilities of art to create new language, objects and rhetoric. On view through December 7th, check out the Bienal de São Paulo’s full list of artists and programs here.
Tomorrow, Friday, September 26th, from 7 to 11pm, as part of award-initiative Trip Transformadores, the documentary Dominguinhos, on the life of the eponymous iconic northeastern Brazilian accordion player and composer, will be screened for the first time in the US at the Standard Hotel High Line, NY. Following the screening will be a pocket show of singer Mariana Ayder, musician Duani and Dominguinhos’ disciple Mestrinho, who will be performing songs Dominguinhos made famous. Marking the third consecutive year Trip Transformadores presents an event and mission to the New York public, the evening will also present brief documentaries on a few of this year’s Trip Transformadores award recipients. Learn more here.
Jardim Botânico, the first US retrospective of Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes opened on September 19th at Pérez Art Museum, Miami. Exhibited are works Milhazes produced over the last 25 years, attesting to the development of her colorful and ornate large-scale abstract paintings. Inspired by popular culture, both high and low, Milhazes combines motifs of disparate sources – graffiti, lace patterns, carnaval, food packaging, colonial design, etc. – onto decorative planes that also decipher facets of Brazilian culture. Check here for more information.
Opening today, September 19th, at the International Center of Photography, New York, is the exhibition Genesis, the third long-term series of photographs by internationally renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. Genesis is the result of an eight-year worldwide survey, bringing together more than 200 spectacular black-and-white photographs of wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, and indigenous peoples—raising public awareness about the pressing issues of environment and climate change. Curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado, the exhibition will be on view through January 11th, 2015. Check out more on the exhibition here.