Artmaking From Home: Suspended Sculptures
Artist and Whitney Museum of American Art educator Camilo Godoy leads this live, thirty-minute session designed to get participants experimenting with ordinary materials and pondering the relationship between artmaking and domestic spaces. Using materials such as glue, paper, scissors, milk cartons, and string—and focusing on works by sculptor artist Ruth Asawa as inspiration—viewers will explore approaches to working with suspension and motion to think about line, shape, and form in three dimensions. (June 20; 3 p.m.; free)
Freedom Fête: A Virtual Juneteenth Celebration
In honor of Freedom Day, the day in 1865 when the last remaining enslaved African-Americans were informed of their freedom, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art is hosting a virtual dance party. Expect musical selections from DJs that celebrate Black musical innovation in a variety of genres including gospel, jazz, blues, R&B, rock ‘n roll, and more. Donations will benefit Boston’s Ujima Project and the National Bailout Fund. (June 19–20; 8 p.m.–12 a.m., free)
The Milanese design exhibition has gone digital this year and features video interviews, talks, and product presentations from notable names in the global and Italian design community. In tandem with the virtual exhibition, the Milan-based Memphis Group has launched a new site, memphis-milano.com, highlighting a complete (and free to access) archive of historical posters and catalogues of Memphis-Milano exhibitions from 1981 to 1988, as well as a brand-new e-commerce platform where fans can purchase from more than 700 iconic Memphis Group creations. (Through June 21; times and prices vary)
The History of Home
Premiering Thursday on documentary streaming service CuriosityStream and narrated by actor Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, Fargo), this three-part, original series explores the past, present, and future of homes. Featuring insight from architects, historians, craftspeople, and designers, the series spotlights a variety of houses—everything from caves to castles to skyscrapers and stately abodes—and the histories behind them. Special appearance in episode one: Yves Béhar, Fuseproject founder and industrial designer, will shed light on his work and ideas on the future of the smart home. (Premieres June 18, times and prices vary)
Image on homepage: Atlantic, Michele De Lucchi, Memphis-Milano, 1981, Cassettiera in laminato plastico metallo e vetro, L 120, P 60, H 90 cm.Courtesy Memphis srl. Foto © Aldo Ballo, Guido Cegani, Peter Ogilvie.
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