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 upcoming or current exhibitions we would like to see reviewed (this listing will be updated regularly and we are open to contributor suggestions):


North America


Driehaus Museum, Chicago

Maker and Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry

February 14, 2015 – January 3, 2016


The Art Institute of Chicago

Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690 – 1840

March 17, 2015 – June 7, 2015


Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Ancient Columbia: A Journey Through the Cauca Valley

January 31, 2015 – December 31, 2015

The Getty Center, Los Angeles

Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts

March 31, 2015 – June 21, 2015


The Cleveland Museum of Art

Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa

February 22, 2015 – May 31, 2015


Museum of Modern Art, New York

Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye

November 15, 2014 – November 1, 2015

Latin America in Construction: Architecture, 1955 – 1980

March 29, 2015 – June 12, 2015


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

China: Through the Looking Glass

May 7, 2015 August 16, 2015


Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York

Tools: Extending Our Reach

Decemer 12, 2014 – May 25, 2015


Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York

From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics

February 12, 2015 – June 7, 2015


Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861 – 2008

January 31, 2015 – May 31, 2015




The Barbican, London

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector

February 12, 2015 May 25, 2015


Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Bengal and Modernity: Early Twentieth-Century Art in India

March 3, 2015 – June 1, 2015

From Palace to Studio: Chinese Women Artists, 1900 to the Present

March 10, 2015 – September 27, 2015


Designmuseum, Copenhagen

Cupboards, Cabinets, Closets: Domestic Storage Furniture Through the Ages

November 1, 2014 – September 6, 2016

Century of the Child

January 17, 2015 – August 30, 2015


Design Museum, Helsinki

Postmodernism: 1980 – 1995

January 30, 2015 – May 17, 2015


21er Haus, Vienna

Sleepless: The Bed in History and Contemporary Art

January 30, 2015 – June 7, 2015


BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels

The Sultan's World: The Ottoman Orient in Renaissance Art

February 2, 2015 – May 31, 2015


Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein

Architecture of Independence: African Modernism

February 20, 2015 – May 31, 2015


Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Déboutonner la mode

February 10, 2015 – July 19, 2015




Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Paradise of Earth: Flowers in the Art of Islam

Now showing until July 29, 2015