From the architecture of São Paulo, to a famous Bauhaus master and the young and successful Tyler Mitchell, these 9 shows featured at new-yorker museum, art galleries and institutions challenge us to rethink architecture, photography and others trough groundbreaking work by both lesser-known and widely celebrated artists.

Herbert Bayer: Bauhaus Master – November 16, 2019 – April 5, 2020
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 2 East 91st Street – New York, NY

Learn about the Austrian-born Bauhaus master, Herbert Bayer and the most influential modernist art school of the 20th century. 

Celebrating the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar in 1919, the exhibition focuses on Bayer’s work as a graphic designer with nearly 100 exciting pieces to see. As a student and then a teacher of the Bauhaus, but also a sculptor, photographer, architect, painter and graphic designer, he shaped and defined a new discourse of modern graphic design. 

He had a groundbreaking impact on US institutions after his 1938 emigration, transforming Aspen into  a thriving community organized around art and culture among others. 

Apart from Herbert Bayer, the museum worth the visit itself as it’s housed in the former home of the industrial magnate Andrew Carnegie. The 64-room mansion had been designed in the cosy style of an English Georgian country house.

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Newly open International Center of Photography – 79 Essex Street New York, NY 10002

The international Center of Photography has finally realized his goal: unify their museum and school under one roof. They opened it two weeks ago and it’s designed by Gensler, as part of the new Essex Crossing development which is revitalizing the lower east side.

Currently the center features several expositions till May 18, 2020: 

I can make you feel good, exploring new ways of interpreting Black identity today by Tyler Mitchell, the 24-year-old first African American photographer to shoot a cover for Vogue Magazine with Beyoncé and known for publications in i-D,  the Fader and fashion campaigns for Marc Jacobs among others.

The exhibition Contact High, a Visual History of Hip-Hop, a show of major photographers documenting the hip-hop movement with photos of Lauryn Hill, A$AP Rocky’s, Queen Latifah or Jay-Z.

The Lower East Side: Selections from the ICP Collection—that exposes mid-20th-century photos of Lower East side. 

James Coupe: Warriors—a series of moving image from the 1979 cult classic film, and an algorithm that categorize museum visitors and upload them into specific scenes from the movie. 

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Donald Judd Retrospective at MoMA – March 1 – July 11, 2020
Floor 6 – The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Center for Special Exhibitions – 1 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

The Judd Foundation, in charge of maintaining Donald Judd’s work and promoting a better understanding of Judd’s legacy, partnered with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to present the exhibition Judd from March 1 through July 11, 2020.

The exhibition will delve into Donald Judd’s artistic career through around 60 pieces of art, from sculptures, paintings, and drawings. Although the Foundation has been promoting a wider understanding of Judd’s artistic legacy for 24 years, the exhibition is the first major US retrospective dedicated to Judd in over three decades. This exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue and will highlight Judd’s work and his relationship with art and museums. 

Judd Foundation will expand access to 101 Spring Street in conjunction with the MoMA retrospective exhibition. Guided visits will be available on Sundays for the first time and new self-guided visits on Saturdays will enable more visitors to directly engage with Donald Judd’s art in his formerly private living and working spaces in downtown New York.

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Access for All: São Paulo’s Architectural Infrastructures – February 11, 2020 – May 23, 2020
Center for Architecture – 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012

From February 11, 2020 till May 23, the exhibition “Access for All” will highlight the social infrastructures of the city of São Paulo and focus on groundbreaking projects, buildings and open spaces that have contributed to create places of cooperation besides their functionnality.

The economic capital of Brazil – one of the densest cities in the world – has more than 20 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area and has also its megacity issues with extreme traffic, pollution etc.  But São Paulo’s architecture showcases the diversity of a city made up of unusual juxtapositions and reveals a city with paradoxical facets. 

Through films, interviews and drawings, “Access for All” allows the visitor to understand the history of São Paulo’s architecture but also more globally the Brazilian one and how they both aim at more sustainability. 

We hope this exhibit will give some trip ideas to design and architecture lovers! 

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Perrotin Gallery : Cinga Samson & Bharti Kher – February 22, 2020 – April 11, 2020
130 Orchard Street, NY 10002 

Emmanuel Perrotin founded his first gallery in 1990 at the age of twenty-one. Today, Perrotin has galleries in Paris, Hong Kong, New York, Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai. The gallery relocated from  the Upper East Side NYC, to 130 Orchard Street in 2017, one of New York City’s most dynamic arts neighborhood. Perrotin New York also includes a bookshop featuring unique editions and books published by the gallery. 

From February 22 to April 11, the gallery will host two major exhibitions of Cinga Samson and Bharti Kher:

Cinga Samson began his art education in the studio of South African painters and quickly became an important new voice in contemporary painting. His oil paintings recall his upbringing in the town of Ethembeni, and he frequently draws inspiration from fashion, heritage, and artists Paul Gaugin and Andrew Wyeth among others.

Bharti Kher’s oeuvre includes paintings, sculptures, and ready-made objects and installations. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a strong connection with surrealism, and draws inspirations from Meret Oppenheim, Francis Bacon and William Blake.

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Again, some french touch: an exhibition about a French architect and draftsman from the 17th centhury, Jean-Jacques Lequeu and about sixty detailed drawings of anatomical parts, civic buildings and fantastic and imaginary monuments.

Before dying he made a donation of more than 800 drawings to the French Royal Library, which was founded at the Louvre Palace by Charles V in 1368 and that would become later the National Library of Frances (Bibliothèque nationale de France – BnF).

Jacques Lequeu is nowadays considered as one of the most inventive artists of his time and his work is part of the period of “visionary architecture”, creating designs of buildings that remained “paper architecture”.

Most of his work remain at the BnF, and little anecdote/fun fact: some of them are pornographic and kept in the Enfer of the library.

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