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?

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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

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Silver to Steel: The Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Munk

November 21, 2015 – April 11, 2016

The Getty Center, Los Angeles

Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV

December 15, 2015 – May 1, 2016

The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals

October 13, 2015 – March 13, 2016

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Wordplay: Matthias Buchinger's Drawings from the Collection of Ricky Jay

January 8, 2016 – April 11, 2016

Design for Eternity: Architectural Models from the Ancient Americas

October 26, 2015 – September 18, 2016

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cloisters Museum 

The World in Play: Luxury Cards, 1430–1540

January 20, 2016 – April 17, 2016

Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Japanese Kōgei | Future Forward

October 20, 2015 February 7, 2016

Wendell Castle Remastered

October 20, 2015 February 28, 2016

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Kenneth Paul Block: Illustrations

December 12, 2015 – August 14, 2016

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia

August 18, 2015 – February 15, 2016

The Cleveland Museum of Art

Imagining the Garden

October 31, 2015  March 6, 2016

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Take an Object

Through February 28, 2016

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York

Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

February 12, 2016 – August 21, 2016

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929–1940

February 21, 2016 – May 30, 2016

Royal Ontario Museum, Canada

¡Viva México! Clothing & Culture

May 9, 2015 – May 23, 2016




Barbican, London

The World of Charles and Ray Eames

October 21, 2015 – February 14, 2016

British Library, London

West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song

Through February 16, 2016

Germanisches National Museum, Nuremberg

In Mode. Kleider und Bilder aus Renaissance und Frühbarock

December 3, 2015 – March 6, 2016

Designmuseum, Copenhagen

Learning from Japan

October 8, 2015 – September 24, 2017

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Faire Le Mur: Quatre Siècles de Papier Peints

January 21, 2016 – June 12, 2016

Design Museum, London

Cycle Revolution

November 18, 2015 June 30, 2016

Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode, Paris

La Mode Retrouvée: Les robes trésors de la comtesse Greffulhe

November 7, 2015 – March 20, 2016




National Museum of Australia, Canberra

Encounters: Revealing Stories of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Objects from the British Museum

Through March 28, 2016