Friday, March 27, 2009

Three Must-See Exhibits

A New and Native Beauty: The Art and Craft of Greene and Greene at the Renwick Gallery.
Click here for an online tour (courtesy the Huntington Library and the Gamble House).

"The architecture and decorative arts designed by Charles Greene (1868-1957) and his brother Henry Greene (1870-1954) a century ago in California are recognized internationally as among the finest of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. The Greenes carefully considered every detail of the buildings and objects they designed, incorporating European, Asian and Native American influences. Like their contemporary Frank Lloyd Wright, they believed architecture to be no less than a design language for life, imbuing their projects with an expressive sensitivity for geography, climate, landscape and lifestyle. Their progressive ideas about design still influence California architecture today.
"The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene, the most comprehensive exhibition of the brothers' work to date, examines their legacy with 127 objects in a variety of media, including beautifully inlaid furniture, artfully executed stained glass and metalwork, as well as rare architectural drawings and photographs."

State of Deception, at the National Holocaust Memorial Museum. This is a fascinating look on the use of propaganda during WWII. The Washington Post's review of the exhibit is worth reading for its insight into the media ecological implications of the exhibit.

Morandi: Master of a Modern Still Life, at the Phillips Collection. (This is not the same exhibit that was at the Met a year ago).

1 comment:

scoffin said...

Now I've seen the Greene and Greene exhibit twice (!) and it is so worth going! I highly recommend it. The quotes and information are interesting and a compliment to the work of the two brothers.