R 20th Century Gallery in Tribeca Does Birthdays Big

By jesse


When most of us celebrate our birthdays it’s usually limited to twenty-four hours.  You might have cake for breakfast the next day along with a few moments of existential reflection, but in general birthday hangovers last about as long as actual hangovers.   Even Uncle Sam goes back to work on July 5th, bleary eyed though he is.

The R 20th Century Gallery does things differently however, and will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary of its Franklin Street Tribeca location with a special exhibition entitled “10 Years in Tribeca” that will stretch from March 16th to June 4th.  The celebratory retrospective  will feature the gallery’s greatest hits and hidden gems, including pieces from permanent exhibitions as well an assortment taken from the gallery’s library and archives.  The show promises to mix contemporary and historical design and designers, and will include the work of Greta Magnusson Grossman, Verner Panton, Poul Kjærholm, Wendell Castle, Sergio Rodrigues, Hugo França, David Wiseman and Jeff Zimmerman.

R principals Evan Snyederman and Zesty Meyers curated the show to reflect the larger goal of the R 20th Century: to preserve the often-ethereal history of design through interviews, research and the collection of ephemera.  Party favors include a comprehensive color catalogue reviewing the gallery’s history, created by longtime contributor to the gallery Lisa Steinmeyer.  With such a long running time, there’s no excuse to take a rain check so stop by 82 Franklin Street (Monday-Friday 11-6, Saturdays 12-6) and get excited for the next ten years of design.

Verner Panton exhibition, 2001, photograph by François Dischinger

Outside exhibition, 2002, designed by Steven Learner Studio, photograph by Robert Polidori

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