Architecture & Design Shows to See These Holidays

By Abbey Cahill


Staycationing this holiday season? While it’s tempting to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and another season on Netflix, we like to use the downtime to get to the museums. We’ve rounded up some great architecture and design shows across the country from Atlanta to Denver to LA. If you’re home in one of these cities these holidays, get out and spark your curiosity with some contemporary art and design.



ATLANTA Bangles to Benches

Bangles to Benches, High Museum of Art
Bangles to Benches is comprised of an astonishing range of contemporary works, varying in scale, utility, and production. The exhibit features unusual pairings of jewelry and design objects, creating dynamic and unexpected relationships for a fresh perspective on art and design.



CHICAGO Veiled Architecture

Veiled Architecture, Art Institute of Chicago
Till January 25, 2015
Conceptualization meets realization in Veiled Architecture, an exhibit that showcases Brooklyn-based SO-IL’s ability to refine concepts and ideas into solid forms, engaging with the materials used and expanding traditional white-cube galleries into interactive spaces.


DENVER Drawn to Action

Drawn to Action, Denver Art Museum
Till January 18, 2015
Selected from the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum, this collection of powerful, moving posters demonstrates how design can be an influential tool in navigating issues like literacy, peace, equality, and the environment.




Shadows, Museum of Contemporary Art
Till February 15, 2015
Andy Warhol forgoes his characteristic cultural icons for a depiction of shadows cast in The Factory, his New York City studio. The series of repetitive silkscreened canvases is comprised of 102 individual pieces.


LOS ANGELES Concrete Infinity

Concrete Infinity, Museum of Contemporary Art
Till February 25, 2015
While you’re at MOCA, check out Concrete Infinity, a selection of works from the museum’s permanent collection displayed alongside Andy Warhol. The bold exhibition compliments Warhol’s dark, ambiguous corners with special emphasis on the human figure.



NEW YORK Assembled Realities

Assembled Realities, Museum of the City of New York
Till February 15, 2015
Assembled Realities features the work of Taiwanese artist Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, who came to New York at 18 to study photography. Liao creates spectacular panoramas by layering multiple exposures of the same location over one another to form fantastical, multifaceted composites.



Design and Violence, Museum of Modern Art
‪For those who’d rather not brave the cold this holiday season, Design and Violence is an online curatorial project—accessible from the comfort of your own home. It strives to define and reflect on violence in contemporary society through design objects, projects, and concepts.



Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion, Guggenheim Museum
This series of architectural drawings, newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, and sketches is a “long-awaited tribute” to Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1953 Usonian house and pavilion, designed specifically to house an exhibition on the site where the Guggenheim Museum would eventually be built.



Kimono, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Till January 19, 2015
The kimono, literally translated as “thing to wear” has transformed dramatically over time, as told by a narrative of dazzling Japanese garments in The Met’s Arts of Japan Galleries.



‪Making Design, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
Till June 14, 2015
Making Design brings together about 360 works from the museum’s collection ranging in everything from clothing to light fixtures. Displayed in new, modular cases designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, which are part of the Museum’s new renovations, this monumental library of objects explores five key elements of design: line, form, texture, pattern, and color.


NEW YORK New Territories

New Territories, Museum of Art & Design (MAD)
Till April 5, 2015
New Territories celebrates the ability to “spur a confluence of art, design, and craft in today’s globalized society” by examining the outburst of new art and design in several cities throughout Latin America. Drawing inspiration from topics like urbanization and consumerism, featured artists implore design strategies to address the balances between personal identity and humanity, destruction and resilience, contemporary work and traditional processes.


NEW YORK NIght and Day

Night and Day, New Museum
Till January 25, 2015
In its first major solo exhibition of artist Chris Ofili in the United States, the New Museum showcases Ofili’s career, spanning decades of his paintings, sculptures, and drawings.




Vitra—Design, Architecture, Communication: A European Project with American Roots, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Till April 26, 2015
The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Vitra retrospective pays homage to the family-owned Swiss company and its American influence. In a narrative of innovation and resilience, the show recounts Vitra’s achievements in design, architecture, and communication. ​

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