Seven New U.S. Architecture and Design Shows for 2015

From Chicago to New York to Los Angeles, the United States is stepping up its game when it comes to offering architecture and design shows. In 2015, the nation is hosting seven new shows—Ron Arad: Pressed Flowers; Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio; Latin America in Construction: Architecture from 1955-1980; Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today; David Adjaye; Chicago Architecture Biennial; and Cooper Hewitt National Design Triennial. These shows will honor the industry as a whole, as well as recognize innovative and creative forms of architecture and design.

1. Ron Arad: Pressed Flowers

Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

February 12-March 14

Copyright © 2013, Ron Arad Associates / Ron Arad Architects. All rights reserved.

Copyright © 2013, Ron Arad Associates / Ron Arad Architects. All rights reserved.

Ron Arad is an Israeli industrial designer, artist, and architect. Arad’s “Pressed Flowers” series was premiered at the Design Museum Holon in Israel in 2014, and this show will be his first stateside premiere. Inspired by the production of automobiles, “Pressed Flowers” is a reference to the mass-produced vintage Fiat 500s that Arad has crushed into two dimensions.

2. Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

February 20-May 24

Thomas Heatherwick, UK Pavilion, 2007-10. Photography by Iwan Baan

Thomas Heatherwick, UK Pavilion, 2007-10. Photography by Iwan Baan

Heatherwick Studio is a London-based firm established by Thomas Heatherwick. The firm recently premiered its design for London’s Garden Bridge, which was noted as the most controversial proposal of British architecture in 2014. This show marks the firm’s first retrospective show in the U.S., and the Hammer Museum will showcase its works in a multimedia exhibition. The exhibit will feature photographs, scale-models, videos, and projects.

3. Latin America in Construction: Architecture from 1955-1980

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York

March 29-July 15

Clorindo Testa. Bank of London and South America, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1959-1966. © Archivo Manuel Gomez Piñeiro. Photo courtesy Fabio Grementieri.

Clorindo Testa. Bank of London and South America, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1959-1966. © Archivo Manuel Gomez Piñeiro. Photo courtesy Fabio Grementieri.

For the Museum of Modern Art’s 60th anniversary of the 1955 exhibition “Latin American Architecture since 1945,” the museum will feature an updated study of architecture production across both Central and South America. The exhibit will include vintage film, commissioned photographs, various models of Oscar Niemeyer’s projects in Brasilia, university campus construction projects, and era- and region-defining architecture.

4. Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York

April 28-September 27

Vivian Beer, Anchored Candy no. 7 (2014). Photo courtesy Wexler Gallery.

Vivian Beer, Anchored Candy no. 7 (2014). Photo courtesy Wexler Gallery.

The Museum of Arts and Design will showcase a “Pathmakers” survey, a study of midcentury female designers and their personal influences on design practice through their engagement with craft and making.

5. David Adjaye

Art Institute of Chicago

September 19-January 3, 2016

Adjaye Associates. Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, Washington D.C., 2012. © Jeff Sauers. Photo courtesy Adjaye Associates.

Adjaye Associates. Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, Washington D.C., 2012. © Jeff Sauers. Photo courtesy Adjaye Associates.

This exhibition marks the first exhibit to be devoted to British architect David Adjaye, which will showcase a portfolio of his Britain residences, his offices in London, New York, Berlin, and Accra, and his work on the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture and History in Washington, D.C. The show will also feature a film about Adjaye, his collaborators, and his clients beside a display of models, photographs, and drawings.

6. Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago Cultural Center

October 5-January 3, 2016

Chicago, 2014. Photography by Iwan Baan.

Chicago, 2014. Photography by Iwan Baan.

Hosted by Creative Directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda, this show is the first American architecture biennial. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has created a plan to reclaim the city as a capital for global architecture that includes two main features: a design competition for Chicago’s waterfront, and a commission for new work by Architectural Photographer Iwan Baan.

7. Cooper Hewitt National Design Triennial

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

December 15-May, 2016

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, southwest signage. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2014 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. COPYRIGHT: CC-BY License. Photo by Matt Flynn. Photo courtesy Smithsonian Institution.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, southwest signage. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2014 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. COPYRIGHT: CC-BY License. Photo by Matt Flynn. Photo courtesy Smithsonian Institution.

After a three-year hiatus to undergo renovations, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum has reopened. The museum’s National Design Triennial will showcase work from 2014 and 2015, with 2012 designs being the earliest to be showcased. The display will feature roughly 65 designers from international backgrounds, as well as a wide range of design disciplines, such as architecture, media design, fashion design, and product design. The museum is focusing on its most contemporary work in an effort to address how design imagery circulates.

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