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SEN One Creates Cover for Time Out New York

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 21:15

You’ve still got more than two months to catch the Museum of the City of New York’s “City as Canvas” exhibition of graffiti from the Martin Wong collection. For a bite-sized dose, pick up a copy of the latest issue of Time Out New York, on newsstands today, which features an original cover by George “SEN One” Morillo. The graffiti artist, a lifelong Upper West Sider, was an ideal fit for TONY‘s uptown-themed issue. “Being born and raised uptown, and seeing the gentrification process all my life and seeing everybody coming up, it fits who I am,” he tells the magazine. “That story connects to my story.”

As for how that story connects with the street art of today, Morillo points to the humble origins of slick tools with names like Krink and Grog. “We made markers by popping the balls out of roll-on deodorant, putting in the soft stuff from school erasers, and filling the containers with ink. Those techniques, as primitive as they might seem, led to the markers they sell now,” he says. “Vandals created an industry, and it all comes out of the Upper West Side.”

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Cooper Hewitt Unveils New Name, Identity, Typeface in Advance of December Reopening

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 18:54
The countdown to the revamped and revitalized version of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum begins now. At a press conference held this morning, director Caroline Baumann detailed plans for the reopening, set for December 12th, along with a wave of changes that debut today on the museum's new website, a WordPress-powered affair created in collaboration with Pentagram and Matcha Labs. The first thing to notice is the 117-year-old institution's new name—Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum—which dispenses with the hyphen and the "national" of old. There's a bold new Eddie Opara-designed identity to match, with an eminently scalable wordmark that forms a perfect rectangle. "Cooper Hewitt's new identity is straightforward with no play on visual or theoretical complexity, no puzzling contradiction or ambiguity, no distracting authorship," says Opara [cut to the Whitney's neurasthenic W, cowering in the corner of a billboard]. "Function is its primary goal." As for that non-nonsense sans serif, it's the work of Chester Jenkins of Brooklyn-based Village. It's available as a free download here. continued...

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Design Jobs: Soho Publishing, AL DIA News Media, Lakeshore Learning Materials

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 18:30
This week, Soho Publishing is hiring a senior graphic designer, while AL D͍A News Media needs a digital editor. Lakeshore Learning Material is seeking a creative director of catalog and print marketing, and Time Out New York is on the hunt for a designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Senior Graphic Designer Soho Publishing (New York, NY) Digital Editor AL D͍A News Media (Philadelphia, PA) Creative Director, Catalog and Print Marketing Lakeshore Learning Materials (Carson, CA) Designer Time Out New York (New York, NY) Senior Graphic Designer Kaspersky Lab (Woburn, MA) Find more great design jobs on the UnBeige job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented UnBeige pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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A Forest Grows at Ground Zero

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 13:32
The 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan is a living memorial in more ways the one. Approximately 400 swamp white oak trees were transplanted from the New Jersey countryside to the Memorial Park, which also happens to be one of the largest and most complex "green roofs" in the world—planted atop a seven-story, below-ground museum. Brooklyn-based filmmaker Scott Elliott seeks to explore this confluence of remembrance, monumentality, and landscape architecture in a feature-length documentary, The Trees, and he's looking to Kickstarter to help cover post-production costs in time to get the film on next year's festival circuit. Learn more about his project in the below pre-trailer of sorts.

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Kickstarter Debuts Journalism, Crafts Categories

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 16:31
Sure, Kickstarter is a swell place to raise funds for your performance art institute, innovative tape dispenser, architectural flashcards-cum-wall art, and animated film starring Paul Giamatti as a museum curator slowly losing touch with reality, but how do you go about tapping into other peoples' pockets to realize your dream typeface inspired by the elusive giant squid or a Steven Heller fanzine or that edible (and delicious!) form of paper mâché you've been working on? Also Kickstarter. The crowdfunding plaform recently debuted 94 new subcategories, including typography, space exploration, and vegan food, and today unveils official homes for the fields of journalism and crafts. "We really love the journalism projects we've seen already—ProPublica, CIR, Planet Money, The Texas Trib, and lots of lone innovators," a Kickstarter rep tell us, "and we wanted to give them a proper home, and send the message that we want to see and support more of these." As for crafts—everything from knitting and glasswork to woodworking and taxidermy—the new category is a way to shed light on smaller-scale projects. "There’s a lot to love about these crafts, from the rich traditions behind them to the imagination that comes out in each work," notes Kickstarter's Nitsuh Abebe. "From now on, you can see all of that artistry under one banner."

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OK Go to Debut Latest Video at MOCA

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 18:42
OK Go is pulling out all of the stops for its new music video, the band's first in more than two years. The video for "The Writing's on the Wall," a single from their forthcoming album Hungry Ghosts, will have its world premiere on Monday, June 16, at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (head to the Ahmanson Auditorium at MOCA Grand Avenue between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.) followed by the Tuesday release of a new EP called Upside Out, which offers up four songs from the new album "selected especially for warm air and beach days." As for "The Writing's on the Wall," expect "melancholic fireworks," according to band members Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka, and Andy Ross, who have put together these visual morsels as a teaser for the video they'll reveal Monday at MOCA.

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Design Jobs: Time Out New York, The Clinton Foundation, Kaspersky Lab

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 18:30
This week, Time Out New York is hiring a designer, while The Clinton Foundation needs a graphic designer. Kaspersky Lab is seeking a senior graphic designer, and MSKCC is on the hunt for an events assistant/junior designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Designer Time Out New York (New York, NY) Graphic Designer The Clinton Foundation (New York, NY) Senior Graphic Designer Kaspersky Lab (Woburn, MA) Events Assistant/Junior Designer MSKCC (New York, NY) Assistant Art Director Advocate Media (Dallas, TX) Find more great design jobs on the UnBeige job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented UnBeige pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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The Frick Collection Plans Expansion, Renovation

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:49
How do you expand a museum renowned for its "jewel-box" exhibition spaces and intimately scaled rooms? Very carefully, not at all, or with the starchitectural zeal of the likes of Renzo Piano, depending on who you ask. The Frick Collection is leaning toward the first approach, with a scheme announced today that would add a six-story addition "in keeping with the scale and design of the original house and the library wing" (goods news for purveyors of Indiana limestone) while renovating and expanding the interior spaces added in the 1930s and 1970s. The proposed plan would allow the Frick to open its second floor to the public but also require it to fill in the space currently occupied by a gated garden. The museum has tapped New York-based Davis Brody Bond to design the project, which would increase space by nearly a third. Get the full scoop in the Frick's press release, take deep cleansing breaths, and then relax by watching director Ian Wardropper's recent chat with artist Ed Ruscha about some of his favorite Frick masterpieces.

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Hauser & Wirth Has Big Plans for Los Angeles

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 13:26
Hauser & Wirth is heading West. Nearly a year to the date that the gallery announced the hiring of Paul Schimmel, formerly chief curator of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, comes word that the planned Left Coast outpost—Hauser Wirth & Schimmel—will occupy a historic 100,000-square-foot flour mill complex in L.A.'s downtown arts district. The site, located a few blocks from The Broad in progress, is home to seven late 19th and early 20th century buildings and outdoor spaces. The gallery promises “innovative exhibitions, museum-caliber amenities, and a robust schedule of public programs that contextualize the art on view,” beginning with a pop-up exhibition in January of next year. The L.A. venue is slated to have its grand opening in January 2016. continued...

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Mark Your Calendar: Dwell on Design L.A.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 13:15
Just two weeks stand between you and Dwell on Design, a veritable feast of modern design in the form of thousands of products, oodles of presentations, modern home tours, and demonstrations galore. This year's West Coast ideas- and inspiration-fest takes place June 20-22 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Among the highlights in store is a keynote address by designer Stephen Burks, who will discuss his passion for craft and how to marry personal goals with marketable design, and a series of panels, including those that focus on designing L.A. The crew from Commune DesignPam Shamshiri, Ramin Shamshiri, Roman Alonso, and Steven Johanknecht—will take the stage to talk revitalization ranging from major residential multiuse projects to the recently opened Ace Hotel. And we hear that Coolhaus is whipping up a new treat, the Dwell ice cream sandwich, especially for the show. Ready to register? Save $5 on your show pass by entering the code: UNBEIGE.

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Wanted: Art Director to Do a Capital Job

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:41
There's more to Washington D.C. than monuments, symmetry, and Frank Underwood. Locals read all about it in the pages of Washingtonian, and as the magazine approaches its fiftieth anniversary is in want of a new art director for its flagship publication as well as the offshoots Washingtonian Bride & Groom, Washingtonian MOM, and Washingtonian Welcome Guide. Bring your strong editorial design experience, passion for magazines, and "the ability to balance multiple projects in a highly collaborative environment while problem-solving under tight deadlines." Learn more about and apply for this art director, Washingtonian magazine job or view all of the current mediabistro.com design/art/photo jobs.

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Biennale Bling: Rem Koolhaas and Swarovski Sparkle in Venice

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 14:57
(Photo: Gilbert McCarragher) The long-awaited Rem Koolhaas-curated Venice Architecture Biennale is upon us. Along with a newly cohesive approach to the national pavilions, in which the 65 participating nations each address a "key moment from a century of modernization," and the central "Elements of Architecture" exhibition (spoiler alert: "It is nothing to do with design," Koolhaas explained yesterday), there is "Monditalia," a multidisciplinary portrait of Italy in the form of 82 films, 41 architectural projects, and a merger of architecture with the Biennale’s dance, music, theater, and film sections. Mamma mia! Visitors enter Monditalia through a dramatic illuminated archway, which is saved from smacking of Vegas or Disney by its setting in the augustly industrial Arsenale. Dubbed Luminaire, the sparkling facade—spanning nearly 66 feet in length—was created in collaboration with Swarovski using thousands of colored light bulbs and a generous dusting (read: 33 pounds worth) of Swarovski crystals, all encrusting an elaborate wooden frame. Koolhaas describes what lies beyond the gate as dealing with "the current state of Italy, between treasure and crisis, knowledge and controversies, history and politics.”

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Guggenheim Kicks Off Open Competition for Design of Future Helsinki Museum

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:14
Pull up an Alvar Aalto-designed Stool 60, cue up your Sibelius playlist, and put on your Marimekko-patterned thinking cap, design fans, because Guggenheim Helsinki is coming. Today marks the launch of the Guggenheim Foundation's open, international architectural competition—a first for an institution that has had a good run simply by commissioning architects named Frank when the need for a new building arises—for the design of the proposed art and design museum, which is to be located on city-owned land in the southwestern part of Helsinki's South Harbor (you know, betwixt Eteläranta and Laivasillankatu). Guggenheim Helsinki is to be a museum that "would organize and present internationally significant exhibitions of artworks from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries while also specializing in Nordic art and architecture. The museum would feature programs organized by the Guggenheim Foundation that might not otherwise be seen in Finland and would also generate exhibitions to be presented at other Guggenheim museums and at institutions around the world," according to the proposal presented by the foundation last fall. A permanent collection would be developed over time. The construction budget is estimated at €130 million (approximately $177 million at current exchange). continued...

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Elle Décor Welcomes Pitches on Travel and Up-and-Coming Designers

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:57
Elle Décor, the magazine where style lives, takes the creativity of designers and artists from around the world and brings it into its readers homes. Articles focus on under-the-radar designers, artists just creating a name for themselves as well as new and interesting places to travel. While the magazine limits the areas to which freelance writers can pitch, the "Talent" section is always open to writers who have their ear to the ground on an up-and-coming designer, artist or stylist. Another area to focus on is the magazine's travel section. Features director Vicki Lowry invites more writers to pitch travel topics: We are always looking for intriguing places to go and talented writers to cover it. They should really know a place: the right streets, the great shops, the best restaurants and hotels, the museums. They should be very cognizant of that particular area and know what they're talking about. For more about Elle Décor and what editors want from a writer, read: How to Pitch: Elle Décor. The full version of this article is exclusively available to Mediabistro AvantGuild subscribers. If you’re not a member yet, register now for as little as $55 a year for access to hundreds of articles like this one, discounts on Mediabistro seminars and workshops, and all sorts of other bonuses.

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Watch Paola Antonelli Discuss Design and Violence

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:50
Paola Antonelli's twenty-year career at New York's Museum of Modern Art has been a journey through many facets of design, "from cute chairs and fast cars to video games and now also the idea of violence," she told the audience at the recent DLD (Digital-Life-Design) in New York. Watch her talk below to gain insight into the darker side of design as explored—and hacked, penetrated, manipulated, penetrated, and exploded—through Design and Violence, an online curatorial experiment that explores the manifestations of violence in contemporary society.

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Design Jobs: Bauer Media Group, IDEO, Madavor Media

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 18:30
This week, Bauer Media Group is hiring a senior designer, while IDEO needs a digital graphic designer. Madavor Media is seeking a graphic designer, and MIT Technology Review is on the hunt for a deputy art director. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Senior Designer Bauer Media Group (Englewood Cliffs, NJ) Digital Graphic Designer IDEO (Cambridge, MA) Graphic Designer Madavor Media (Braintree, MA) Deputy Art Director MIT Technology Review (Cambridge, MA) Pre-Press Proofer Box Services (New York, NY) Find more great design jobs on the UnBeige job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented UnBeige pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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MFA Boston to Debut ‘Kunstkammer Gallery’

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 12:26
Rare is the human who can resist a cabinet of curiosities—those bewitching, eclectic assortments of man-made and natural wonders that flout traditional taxonomies. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is inaugurating one of its own in the Kunstkammer Gallery, which opens Wednesday. Among the objects that will be on view in the intimate space are exotic natural materials such as amber, ivory, and coconut shells; paintings on copper and hardstone; and virtuoso metalwork, such as clocks and automata. Follow up a visit to that whimsical space with a trip to the MFA’s newly renovated gallery dedicated to Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and sculpture, which will also be unveiled on Wednesday.

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Quote of Note | Annie Leibovitz

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 05:16
"My background as a photographer is as an observer. I'm a terrible director. The performers I have the most rapport with are comedians, who make up a very special group. They're sort of like manic depressives. I sympathize with them. They are usually also very intelligent. For me, the classic photograph of a comedian is Charlie Chaplin just leaning. That is such an extraordinarily funny picture. It's as perfect a photograph as you could ever have of a comedian. Chaplin came from silent films. The challenge for a photographer is to create a visually funny picture without it being stupid. It's difficult to take a funny picture." -Annie Leibovitz, whose images—from the black-and-white photograph of Richard Nixon’s helicopter lifting off from the White House lawn after he resigned as president in 1974 to the formal color portrait of Queen Elizabeth II taken in a drawing room of Buckingham Palace in 2007—are collected in a new SUMO-sized, limited-edition book from Taschen

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Paul Giamatti as an Insane Museum Curator? Make It Happen!

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 12:57
Picture it: A Fellini- and Buñuel-flavored tale of a museum curator forced to face dwindling visitor numbers, harsh economic realities, his crumbling sanity, and...a giant sloth! We were sold on the premise of graphic novelist Paul Hornschemeier's planned animated short even before learning that the crazy curator, one Gordon Boonewell, will be voiced by Paul Giamatti. Saturday Night Live's dazzling Kate McKinnon has also signed on to the project, entitled Giant Sloth, which Hornschemeier is looking to fund through a freshly launched Kickstarter campaign. "Uncompromised by the studio process, Giant Sloth combines the psychologically rich world of literary graphic novels with the all the possibilities of motion and sound that animation allows," notes Hornschemeier. "It treats its characters not as clowns shuffling for an easy laugh, but as people. And as giant sloths. Giant sloths are people too." continued...

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Cooper-Hewitt Appoints Brooke Hodge as Deputy Director

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 21:43
Curator, writer, and critic Brooke Hodge will join the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum as deputy director, a post that has been vacant since Caroline Baumann stepped up from that role in 2012 to serve as acting director following the death of Bill Moggridge. Baumann was named director of the museum last June. Hodge, who been director of exhibitions and publications at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles since 2010, will begin her new position on July 16 as the Cooper-Hewitt continues the countdown to its reopening after an epic renovation that will expand exhibition space by more than 60%. “I’ve known and admired Brooke since her involvement [as a guest curator] with the 2006 Triennial at Cooper-Hewitt, and I’m thrilled she is joining us at this critical juncture,” said Baumann in a statement released today. “Brooke will be diving into preparations for our opening later this fall, while partnering with me and museum teams on the exciting, future plans for the nation’s design museum."

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