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September 2014

13 London Design Festival
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London Design Festival
13 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
Various locations around London

Various types of event – Annual mega-event celebrating London’s creativity across all creative disciplines, featuring exhibitions, talks and interactive workshops.

First staged in 2003, the London Design Festival is one of the world's most important annual design events. The Festival programme is made up of over 300 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of partner organisations across the design spectrum and from around the world.

The London Design Festival's Landmark Projects are about showing the brilliance of design at the highest level. For the past five years they have been commissioning some of design and architecture's greatest names and most compelling new voices to create pieces of work installed across London.

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July 2014

03 Digital Revolution
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Digital Revolution

3 July 2014 – 14 September 2014
Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS, UK

Digital Revolution is the most comprehensive presentation of digital creativity ever to be staged in the UK. 

This immersive and interactive exhibition brings together for the first time a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers, pushing the boundaries of their fields using digital media. It also looks at the dynamic developments in the areas of creative coding and DIY culture and the exciting creative possibilities offered by augmented reality, artificial intelligence, wearable technologies and 3-D printing. 

The exhibition includes new commissions from artists Umbrellium (Usman Haque and Nitipak 'Dot' Samsen) and Universal Everything; musician and entertainer will.i.am, Dev/Art, a major new collaboration with Google exploring creative coding. The show also features work by Oscar-winning VFX Supervisor Paul Franklin and his team at Double Negative for Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking film Inception; artists and performers including Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin, Fred Deakin & Company, Amon Tobin and Philip Glass; and game developers including Harmonix Music Systems (Dance Central).

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January 2014

25 William J. O’Brien
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William J. O’Brien
25 January – 18 May 2014
220 East Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

William J. O’Brien, the artist’s first comprehensive museum exhibition, demonstrates his prolific output in a broad range of media, from sculpture and ceramics to drawing, textiles, and painting. Although O’Brien is perhaps best known for his work in ceramics, his working process often begins with the act of drawing. His works on paper usually feature exuberant colors and geometric patterning that mimic the automatic drawings of the Surrealists while faintly evoking psychedelia and dream paintings. His ceramics are playfully formed, often drizzled with vividly colored glazes, and exhibit a range of cultural references, from ethnographic objects of the ancient past to “face jugs” of the antebellum American South. His paintings are accumulations of pigment, fabric, string, and other materials that appear to droop toward the floor, and his sculptures of tenuously attached die-cut shapes, while stiff and upright, seem to create more negative space than positive forms. Altogether O’Brien’s work evidences the artist’s easy absorption of a broad range of narratives—art historical, ethnographic, spiritual, pop, poetic—as well as his singular ability to create objects that appear as distinctly enigmatic as they are aesthetically coherent.

Stemming from O’Brien’s interest in language and poetry, the exhibition is organized like a poem. It is divided into several sections, or stanzas, with each section featuring works in several media to underscore the connections between disparate objects as well as the artist’s interest in scale. The stanzas demonstrate how each of O’Brien’s artworks is a carefully calibrated exercise in improvisation and control. Above all, the exhibition develops new language around O’Brien’s contemporary abstract artworks—language that focuses on process rather than individual expression or technique and that considers his body of work as a reflection of a multitude of cultural sources.

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20 Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight
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Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight
20 February – 26 May 2014
The British Library, 96 Euston Road,
London, NW1 2DB

Turning numbers into pictures that tell important stories and reveal the meaning held within is an essential part of what it means to be a scientist. This is as true in today's era of genome sequencing and climate models as it was in the 19th century.
Beautiful Science explores how our understanding of ourselves and our planet has evolved alongside our ability to represent, graph and map the mass data of the time.
From John Snow's plotting of the 1854 London cholera infections on a map to colourful depictions of the tree of life, discover how picturing scientific data provides new insight into our lives.

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17 The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
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The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
Until 7 September 2014
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788

The ABC of It is an examination of why children’s books are important: what and how they teach children, and what they reveal about the societies that produced them. Through a dynamic array of objects and activities, the exhibition celebrates the extraordinary richness, artistry, and diversity of children’s literature across cultures and time.

Our first books stir and shape us as few books ever again can. Goodnight Moon! Alice in Wonderland! A Wrinkle in Time! For three centuries and more, books made especially with the young in mind have served as indispensible gateways to literature, art, and knowledge of the world. And if, as adults,we find that our own childhood favorites remain as thrilling or funny or heart-stoppingly beautiful as ever, we should not be surprised. As W. H. Auden wisely observed: “There are no good books which are only for children.”

Today’s brightly packaged, increasingly globalized books for young people have complex roots in world folklore, Enlightenment philosophy, nationalist fervor, and the pictorial narrative traditions of Asian and Western art, among other sources. Collectively, they form a vivid record of literate society’s changing hopes and dreams, and of the never-ending challenge of communicating with young readers in the most compelling possible way.

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12 Japanese Poster Artists
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Japanese Poster Artists
12 February – 25 May 2014
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Ausstellungsstrasse 60, CH-8005, Zürich

Japan fascinates with a unique poster culture. Its subtle poetry, mystical messages and glowing colors are just as captivating for the Western eye as the cheeky provocation and rejection of all the accepted rules of visual communication. The exhibition, intended as a cultural contribution to the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Switzerland, presents the history of the poster in Japan, where this medium is primarily known as an artistic statement and image advertising. Works by three old masters, Shigeo Fukuda, Kazumasa Nagai and Ikko Tanaka – from a generous donation to the museum – are to be seen alongside posters from 1950 to the present day. Here the special aesthetic of Japanese graphic designs reflects the dialogue between Eastern and Western visual culture.

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October 2013

05 Designing Modern Women 1890–1990
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Designing Modern Women 1890–1990
5 October 2013 – 5 October 2014
The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019-5497

Modern design of the twentieth century was profoundly shaped and enhanced by the creativity of women as muses of modernity and shapers of new ways of living, and as designers, patrons, performers and educators. This installation, drawn entirely from MoMA's collection, celebrates the diversity and vitality of individual artists’ engagement in the modern world, from Loïe Fuller’s pulsating turn-of-the-century performances to April Greiman's 1980s computer-generated graphics, at the vanguard of early digital design. Highlights include the first display of a newly conserved kitchen by Charlotte Perriand with Le Corbusier (1952) from the Unité d'Habitation housing project, furniture and designs by Lilly Reich, Eileen Gray, Eva Zeisel, Ray Eames, Lella Vignelli, and Denise Scott Brown; textiles by Anni Albers and Eszter Haraszty; ceramics by Lucy Rie; a display of 1960s psychedelic concert posters by graphic designer Bonnie Maclean, and a never-before-seen selection of posters and graphic material from the punk era. The gallery's ‘graphics corner’ first explores the changing role and visual imagery of The New Woman through a selection of posters created between 1890 and 1938; in April 2014 the focus will shift to Women at War, an examination of the iconography and varied roles of women in times of conflict, commemorating the centennial of the outbreak of World War I.

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