• 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

The Morgan Library & Museum

Now and Forever: The Art of Medieval Time

January 26, 2018 – April 29, 2018

 

National Museum of The American Indian, New York, NY

Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound

November 10, 2017 – January 6, 2019

 

Museum of Arts and Design

Ampl!fy: Leveraging the power of art and design to advance the front lines of social justice

November 2, 2017 – January 7, 2018

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Secret Life of Textiles: The Milton Sonday Archive

December 18, 2017- December 31, 2018

 

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas

September 16, 2017 –January 28, 2018

 

Museum of Fine Art, Boston

Conservation in Action: Demons and Demon Quellers

July 29, 2017 – February 11, 2018

 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985

September 17, 2017–April 1, 2018

 

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection

November 17, 2017 – May 28, 2018

 

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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

Through January 28, 2018

 

Europe

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris

Beau doublé, Monsieur le marquis!

October 10, 2017 –February 11, 2018

 

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

May 27, 2017 – February 18, 2018

 

Galleria Nazionale di Arte Antica – Palazzo Barberini, Rome

Arcimboldo

October 20, 2017 – February 11, 2018

 

Design Museum, London

Jon Snow: Colour is My Brand

November 3, 2017 – February 25, 2018

 

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Sampled Lives: Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum

May 6, 2017 – August 4, 2018

 

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

De Calder à Koons, Bijoux d’Artistes. La Collection Idéale de Diane Venet

March 7, 2018 – July 8, 2018

 

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge

Another India: Explorations and Expressions of Indigenous South Asia

March 8, 2017 – April 22, 2018

 

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Reflexions: 11 Contemporary Interpretations of Old Masters

September 20, 2017 – February 25, 2018

 

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

Beyond the Mirror

October 26, 2017 – February 5, 2018

 

Musée du Louvre, Paris

Théâtre du Pouvoir

September 27, 2017 – July 2, 2018

 

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Lace

June 24, 2017 – July 22, 2018

 

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Dublin

Shadow of Sodeisha: Japanese and Irish Art in Clay

Ongoing

 

Online

Museum With No Frontiers (MWNF)

Sharing History: Arab World – Europe, 1815-1918

Ongoing