Getting Fit


In its final days at the Center For Architecture (closing Sept 7), “FitNation” is an exhibition in conjunction with NYC’s Active Design Guidelines and new Center for Active Design. The show presents “design, policy, and grassroots strategies to promote physical activity as part of daily life,” inspiring movement in its very exhibition design by Pentagram. Huge icons of people being active – swimming, running, skating, doing yoga – blanket the walls of the space against lovely blue backgrounds, and dimensional wall panels protrude from exhibition spaces, with encouraging typography seen activated at the right angles. Projects showing active design principles are on view, and suggestions for making environments more active are encouraged throughout.

Suspended Climbing


Following up on his impressive installation (Cloud City) on the Met roof last summer, artist Tomás Saraceno installed an even larger and more ambitious interactive place for climbing at the K21 Staendehaus museum in Düsseldorf. “In Orbit” is essentially a giant landscape of 27,000 feet of netting, which hangs 65 feet over the museum’s foyer. Visitors can climb or hang out throughout the layers, suspended above the floor, in the netting or giant plastic orbs that also hang in the space. The work will be up through autumn of 2014.

Surprising Light


French designer Julien Carretero created a series of beautiful, minimal lights, exploring various metals and their finishes. Carretero experimented with aluminium, brass, steel, stainless steel, copper, and bronze, using varying techniques such as mirror polishing, lacquering, brushing, patinas, and more. The results are gorgeous, sculptural objects, some with beautiful lacquered colors, others emphasizing rusted or anodized patinas. All will be shown in Brussels at the Victor Hunt Gallery through September.

Traveling Gallery


Artist Doug Aitken is working with Levi’s to bring together art, music, food, literature and film – all on a train traveling across the country. From New York to San Francisco, with seven stops in between, “Station to Station” will host a diverse group of artists, from Kenneth Anger and Urs Fischer to Charlotte Gainsbourg and Dan Deacon. The train itself will act as a “moving, kinetic light sculpture,” shifting and changing as it chugs along, partnering with seven museums across the country, where it will stop and be open for visitors.

Set Color


For this year’s London Festival of Architecture and The Bloomsbury Fete in June, ADA – a collaborative architecture practice and workshop – created a dreamy set for “Europa,” an architectural opera with composer Adam Donen. For the unique performance, the stage “becomes the lead actor,” in which ADA built an ambitious arrangement of colorful wood shapes and forms, reminiscent of a giant children’s board game. Actors could “play” with the components, stepping into large tubes and cubes, interacting with each element to make it come alive.

Tesla’s Electricity


The New York Hall of Science recently opened an exhibit on the often-referenced, under-appreciated scientist and inventor, Nikola Tesla. Born in 1853 in Serbia, Tesla is known for harnessing the power of cross-currents through what is now known as the Tesla coil. The exhibition in Queens, NY honors the forward-thinking scientist, with the famed Tesla coil, induction motors, a model of the Adams’ power station on Niagra Falls, and many more models and photographs of Tesla’s experimentations and laboratories, on view through October 20.

Exploration of Time


An exhibition of Norwegian designers explores the concept of Time, and how it relates to Space and Place. “On Time,” showing at DogA in Oslo from June 20th to August 25th, presents the work of 17 designers, addressing interpretations of specific moments in time. All are beautifully minimal, like Marianne Andersen’s lamp duo “Just Sleep on It,” and Kristine Bjaadal’s wood “Siska Coffee Grinder.” The exhibition will also be shown for Paris Design Week, in “Now! Le Off” September 9th to 15th.

Couture Jewels


While those in London get to see the inspiring collection of Isabella Blow this coming fall, in New York this summer we get the incredible jewelry collection of Barbara Berger, at the MAD Museum’s “Fashion Jewelry,” that opened last week. The show will display over 450 pieces of Berger’s renowned collection, considered one of the finest in the world. With designers like Miriam Haskell, Balenciaga, and Kenneth Jay Lane represented, “many of the works were expressly made to be worn with haute couture clothing by fashion designers that range from Chanel to Yves Saint Laurent, and Dior to Dolce & Gabbana.” On view through September 22.

Going Deeper with Turrell


Light artist James Turrell has three major exhibitions opening this summer – at LACMA, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and in New York he takes over the Guggenheim. As Turrell’s work is entirely experiential, the Guggenheim recently released a handy app to accompany its incredible installation. Via a biography, essays, and videos, the application allows users to delve deeper into understanding Turrell’s worlds, their conception and the  process involved in achieving their apparent simplicity. It includes interviews with the artist, the show’s curators, and the show’s installation team as well, revealing how Turrell transformed the museum’s rotunda into “an enormous volume of shifting artificial and natural light.”

Art of Golf


In a great celebration of summer and the 25th anniversary of their sculpture garden, the Walker Art Center enlisted teams of artists, architects, designers and engineers to create two 8-hole mini golf courses on the grounds. Fifteen teams were chosen from sixty proposals, many of the resulting holes art-related or specifically referencing works in the garden. “Be a Sculpture,” allows other players to block the ball by standing in designated footprints, while “Holey Lighted” (shown) is a sculpture in itself, with a giant steel geodesic canopy with round cut-outs arc-ing over the hole. The games will go on through September 8.

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