Exhibition Reviews

Norman Bel Geddes: I Have Seen the Future

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.”

Disobedient Objects

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.

The Bauhaus in Calcutta: An Encounter of the Cosmopolitan Avant-Garde

Reviewed by Antonia Behan

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

Chris Burden: Extreme Measures

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.

Michael Landy: Saints Alive

Reviewed by Kerry Boeye

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

Bauhaus: Art as Life

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?

Present from the Earth: The Staffordshire Hoard

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?

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)

April 3, 2017 – July 16, 2017 

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