• Reviewed by Daniella Ohad

    Visitors to the popular Futurama pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair were given a souvenir: a pin that read, “I have seen the Future.”

  • Reviewed by Richard Taws

    As I write this, activists in the West Bank are instructing protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, via social media, on the best ways to counter the effects of tear gas. Milk or Coke in particular prove much more effective than water for washing the face and eyes.

  • Reviewed by Antonia Behan

    The encounter between Bauhauslers and the Bengali avant-garde in 1922 has long tantalized scholars of South Asian modernism.

  • Reviewed by Ivan Gaskell

    Just as there is no such thing as a private language, no artist—even one of the stature of Chris Burden—can play the art game alone.

  • Reviewed by Kerry Boeye

    As saints, Landy’s absurd machines become poignantly human: like us they are inefficient, flawed, and break down.

  • Reviewed by Catherine Moriarty

    While exploring the School’s peculiarities, the exhibition at the Barbican, perhaps inadvertently, encourages the visitor to frame things in a wider cultural and political context.

  • Reviewed by Sarah M. Guérin

    How have humans almost the world over crafted sculptures from this curious alloy of copper to such wonderful effect?

  • Reviewed by Benjamin C. Tilghman

    How can we properly consider objects within their historical setting while allowing for the very real presence they have in the present day?

  • Reviewed by Kim Dhillon

    Do we read or see art made of words? Is the aim of text in art to communicate efficiently?

  • Reviewed by Dominic Paterson

    With near-simultaneous exhibitions at MoMA and MAK, it might be claimed that the poster designer Mihály Biró is finally breaking into the consciousness of art and design historians.

  • Kevin W. Tucker

    A response to Mark Alan Hewitt’s review of the exhibition and the catalogue for Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

  • Reviewed by Allysa B. Peyton

    Until this show, there has been no major museum exhibition devoted to the most readily and widely worshipped deity in the Hindu pantheon, leaving a Vishnu-shaped void in the U.S. exhibition program.

  • Reviewed by Mark Alan Hewitt

    Stickley is widely regarded as the central figure in the American arts and crafts movement. Considering his importance, it is odd that no monographic exhibition of his work should appear until this show.

  • Reviewed by Marta Filipova

    “[O]n the continent, it was Austria, and in Austria, Vienna, which celebrated this festival in the most splendid and appropriate manner.” —Friedrich Engels

  • Reviewed by Ittai Weinryb

    A watershed study of the medieval reliquary, the exhibition emphasizes a novel and serious turn towards an understanding of reliquaries as “things”.

  • Reviewed by Ivan Gaskell

    Charles LeDray works as a tailor, shirtmaker, and hatter, but in impossibly small sizes, bigger than for a doll, but smaller than for a child.

  • Reviewed by Marta Filipova

    To architecture and design historians, the Czech city of Brno—”the Manchester of Central Europe”—is probably best known as home to a number of key modernist buildings. . . .

  • Reviewed by Alexander Watt

    Of all the designed spaces that adults in the developed urban world occupy on a regular basis, the office has probably received less attention from architecture and design historians than any other.

Exhibition Reviews

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A brief sampling–in no particular order–of some of the current or upcoming exhibitions we would like to see reviewed (this listing will be updated regularly and we are open to contributor suggestions):

North America

Detroit Institute of Arts

Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement

July 23, 2017 – October 22, 2017


The Museum at FIT, New York

Force of Nature

May 30, 2017 – November 18, 2017


The Drawing Center, New York

Exploratory Works: Drawings from the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions

April 14, 2017 – July 16, 2017


Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s

April 7, 2017 – August 20, 2017


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C. – A.D. 220)


Cleveland Museum of Art

African Master Carvers: Known and Famous

March 26, 2017 – July 16, 2017


Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture

March 2, 2017 – August 20, 2017


National Museum of the American Indian, New York

Native Fashion Now

February 17, 2017–September 4, 2017


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Moholy-Nagy: Future Present

February 12, 2017 – June 18, 2017


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait

Through January 28, 2018



Grand Trianon, Château de Versailles

Peter the Great: A Tsar in France, 1717

May 30, 2017 – September 24, 2017


Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

May 27, 2017 – February 18, 2018


Fashion and Textile Museum, London

The World of Anna Sui

May 26, 2017 – October 1, 2017


Design Museum, London

California: Designing Freedom

May 24, 2017 – October 15, 2017


The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Sampled Lives: Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum

May 6, 2017 – August 4, 2018


Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Or Virtuose à la Cour de France: Pierre Gouthière (1732-1813)

March 16, 2017 – June 25, 2017


Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge

Another India: Explorations and Expressions of Indigenous South Asia

March 8, 2017 – April 22, 2018


Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

The First Gold | Ada Tepe: Europe’s Oldest Gold Mine

March 7, 2017 – June 25, 2017


Centraal Museum, Utrecht

Rietveld’s Masterpiece: Long Live De Stijl!

March 4, 2017 – June 11, 2017


Bibliothèque Forney, Paris

Mode et Femmes 14/18

February 28, 2017 – June 17, 2017


Science Museum, London


February 8, 2017 – September 3, 2017


Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Music at Home

January 15, 2016 – June 25, 2017


National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Dublin

Shadow of Sodeisha: Japanese and Irish Art in Clay




Museum With No Frontiers (MWNF)

Sharing History: Arab World – Europe, 1815-1918