As always, New York City is abuzz with creative folks expanding the possibilities of how architectural design and practice can be reinterpreted, bringing attention to what in the urban environment is constantly overlooked. Planning for another week in the Big Apple? Bustler has compiled a snappy list of noteworthy happenings around town that are worth checking out.
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Cabaret Series: ha ha ha (The Funny, the Witty, and the Grotesque) | February 14, recommended by Alexander Walter
"Seldom the focus in dominant discourses of art, design, and architecture, there is a recurring interest in the explorations of irony, satire, and the grotesque as a means of critique of the status quo," reads the preface of this latest Storefront event, presented in conjunction with the ongoing Freeman & Lowe installation, Paranoia Man in a Rat Fink Room, in search for the intersections between humor, art, and architecture.
Architecture of Independence - African Modernism | Opening on February 16, recommended by Justine Testado
From the Vitra Design Museum to the Graham Foundation, this exhibition has made its way to the Center for Architecture. Featuring original photos by Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster and curated by Manuel Herz, “African Modernism” tells the complex history of nation-building in 1960s and '70s postcolonial Africa—particularly in Ghana, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia. Browse through over 700 photographs, as well as archival materials, historical photos, newspaper clips, postcards, videos, plans, and sketches.
The Casual Pleasure of Disappointment | Opening on February 16, recommended by Nicholas Korody
The Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard is known for his provocative, immersive installation work. Recently, he's been collaborating with the creative director Babak Radboy on a unisex fashion line entitled "The Casual Pleasure of Disappointment". This will be the first presentation of the fashion-cum-art line, "which violently embraces the obsessive and self-destructive aspects of fashion and consumerism".
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