CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead including Pop Art Design at the Barbican, Virgin Records: 40 Years of Disruptions in a basement in London, The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years in LA, Paul Rand: Defining Design in Atlanta, Designing Modern Women at MoMA in New York, and Irma Boom’s The Architecture of the Book in Paris…
Pop Art Design
Until Sun 9 Feb 2014
Aiming to reassert the place of design within the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, the Barbican brings together iconic works by artists including Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, alongside design classics from Charles and Ray Eames, Ettore Sottsass and Achille Castiglioni. Recognising the central role of design in Pop Art, the exhibition will also feature a wealth of graphic material including posters, magazines and album sleeves, alongside film, photography, and documentation of Pop interiors and architecture.
Virgin Records: 40 Years of Disruptions
Studio B1, Victoria House, London
Thu 24 – Thu 29 Oct 2013
Virgin Records’ 40th anniversary will be marked by an exhibition in the basement of an old insurance company in London’s Holborn, featuring memorabilia, video, and key images (seen and unseen) telling the story of the record label. The show will also feature a recreation of the original Oxford Street store and an audio-visual installation which mixes snatches of Virgin tracks and music videos with BBC news footage and recordings of Virgin shop staff.
The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years
Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles
Sat 26 Oct 2013 – Sun 27 Apr 2014
Looking back over 125 years of iconic photography, this exhibition commemorates National Geographic Magazine’s ongoing commitment to using photography to explore, educate, inspire, document and preserve the world around us. Over 500 images will be presented in this multimedia show, including prints, digital installations and two documentaries.
Paul Rand: Defining Design
Museum of Design, Atlanta
Sun 27 Oct 2013 – Sun 14 Jan 2014
Designer and art director Paul Rand created many successful logos and corporate identities throughout his career, including IBM, UPS and ABC, and much of his work has been credited with setting new standards for graphic design and advertising in the 20th century. This exhibition presents his work alongside video interviews and examples of his writings on the fundamental principles of the design process.
Designing Modern Women 1890 – 1990
MoMA, New York
Until Wed 1 Oct 2014
Celebrating the diverse work of female graphic, industrial and interior designers and architects, this exhibition draws from the museum’s collection to bring together work from women who have helped to shape modern design in the 20th century. The gallery’s ‘graphics corner’ explores the changing role and visual imagery of The New Woman through a selection of posters from 1890-1938, which will shift focus in April 2014, to Women at War, examining the iconography and varied roles of women in times of conflict.
Irma Boom: The Architecture of the Book
Until Sun 15 Dec 2013
Institut Néerlandais, Paris
A retrospective of Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom, presenting her work from the late 1980s to the present, lending insight into her book design practice, including size, paper, and binding structure. A catalogue to accompany the exhibition has been produced measuring just 38 x 55 mm, and includes an extensive overview of work alongside more than 450 images.
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