LGBTQ+ Smart List: Pride Edition

The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. At Interwoven we support and celebrate diversity in all its forms, and Pride Month gives us the perfect opportunity to engage with and be allies for the LGBTQ+ community. In NYC we are especially spoiled with chances to learn and play this month. Coming up: an epic march, an astonishing art exhibit by an artist with no arms, and a queer film event for horror fans.

Pride March

June 26, 2022 at 12pm

The annual NYC Pride March is organized by the non profit Heritage of Pride, which produces a wide range of events throughout Pride Month, with the Pride March as the crown jewel. Photos can’t do it justice and we love to be in the thick of it. Every year the events are held in honor of the Stonewall Uprising in 1969, the moment in civil rights history responsible for the modern Gay Rights movement. Check out the full calendar of events for even more opportunities to support the community or be one of the thousands to volunteer and make it all possible.

Lorenza Böttner: Requiem for the Norm

April 14th – August 15, 2022

The Leslie Lohman Museum of Art will show the Lorenza Böttner: Requiem for the Norm exhibit all summer. Böttner was an artist who lost both arms when young. She began to identify as female in art school, where she painted hundreds of paintings with her mouth and feet in addition to experimenting with street art, dance, photography, and more. Her work is playful and grounded in a sensual appreciation and central presence of the body.

PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah

The Museum of New York City will host an exhibit of the photographs of Fred W. McDarrah. McDarrah was a critical voice covering important political events of the 60s and 70s for The Village Voice, including the civil and gay rights movements and the historic Stonewall Uprising. McDarrah was avid in his documentation, accumulating an astonishing archive of American political history.

*While this exhibit has ended, the Museum of New York City always has wonderful gems of New York history on display.

Queer|Art|Film Club

June 28th, 2022 at 8pm

Author Torrey Peters presents Let the Right One In, a digital zoom event in which she will share the significance of the 2008 Swedish horror film on her life and her work. “I finally came out,” she shared, “and I watched it again, and it seemed like yet another film all together–a film about xenophobia and the abject.”

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Art & Design Shows NYC 2022

The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. In this issue, discover the art and design shows that Rebeccah and our team have enjoyed the most this month. Coming up: artists capture the turbulent nature of the last two years with a dynamic exhibit for the Whitney Biennial, The Shed hosts a wide range of art and performance experiences for the summer, and the best designs of 2022 are featured at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

Smart List: Art & Design Shows NYC 2022
The Smart List: Art & Design Shows NYC 2022

Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept

April 6 – September 5, 2022

The 2022 Whitney Biennial is designed to reflect the uncertain and disruptive nature of recent years. The pandemic, uprisings for racial justice, a presidential election, and polarizing events both national and international influence the art on display. This art is dynamic, incorporating animation, performance, and spatial shifts in the gallery itself to reflect the turbulent times.

Frieze New York: The Shed

May 18 – 22, 2022

The Shed is a contemporary art fair in the Frieze New York, an innovative art and performance space on Manhattan’s west side that was developed to transcend the barriers between various art forms and the audience. They collaborate with community organizations and partners to create transformational experiences. Take advantage of their Open Call performances to see new and emerging artists display their work or enjoy the work of featured DJ’s in their Summer Sway dance events on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer.

International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Javits Center

May 15 – 17, 2022

At ICFF’s 2022 convention over 375 design brands showcase dozens of product categories, including furniture, seating, lighting, flooring and rugs, kitchen, bath, and more. The ICFF is the leading venue for contemporary furniture design and a must-see trade event, presenting innovative product launches for commercial, residential, and hospitality environments. Expect a lot of walking to cover the entire convention.

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NYC Murals & Graffiti

The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. At Interwoven we always have our eyes open for unexpected design moments as we make our way around New York City. Here are some of our favorite spots to appreciate public art. Take a tour of some of the best graffiti and street art in NYC, with featured work ranging from Harlem to Chinatown.

Crack is Wack by Keith Haring

East Harlem E. 128th St. and Harlem River Drive

Throughout his career as a street artist in the 1980s Haring dedicated time to public works, many of which held social messages. Crack is Wack is a mural inspired by the effects of the crack epidemic on New York City. Though it was originally unsanctioned it was later placed under the jurisdiction of the city.

Monkey Bar, Hotel Elysee

60 E. 54th St.

Monkey Bar opened inside the Hotel Elysee in the late 1930s. It was originally a classic piano bar but was christened ‘Monkey Bar’ in the 50s when caricaturist Charlie Wala hand painted murals of monkeys on all of the walls. The impressive history of the bar includes such regulars as Babe Ruth, Ava Gardner, and Tennessee Williams.

Hammer Boy by Banksy

Broadway & W. 79th St.

British street artist Banksy is known for his graffiti street art all over the world. He incorporates everyday objects in the streetscape into his compositions, creating playful and provocative vignettes. Hammer Boy is an ideal example of this technique, the silhouette of a young child swings a sledgehammer at the fire hydrant installed in the street.

Graffiti Hall of Fame

East Harlem 1587 Madison Ave.

Harlem community leader Ray “Sting Ray” Rodriguez established the walls of the Jackie Robinson Educational Complex’s schoolyard as the Graffiti Hall of Fame, home to outstanding street art for more than 30 years.  The motto of the schoolyard is “Strictly Kings or Better,” and the pieces on display are of the highest quality.

Bushwick Collective

Bushwick St. Nicholas Ave.

The Bushwick Collective is a graffiti and street art project created by artists from all over the world. They are especially known for their annual block party in August, at which thousands come together for food, dancing, and incredible street art.

Rice Terraces by Dasic Fernandez

Doyer St.

Rice Terraces is a vibrant work of street art that is actually on the streets themselves, brightening Chinatown Manhattan’s Open Street and encouraging community engagement. The colorful layers are inspired by Chinese rice cultivation terraces, bringing a classic element of the Chinese landscape into the urban environment.

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Virtual Events 2022

The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. In this issue we share the virtual events we have on our calendars for 2022. We love to have a mix of virtual and in-person events in play, and there are more available now than ever. The virtual events are available to a wide-range of attendees, and anyone interested can join, no matter where they are in the world. While some require registering to reserve a space, these events are free to the public.

The Smart List: Virtual Events 2022
The Smart List: Virtual Events 2022

Virtual MOCA Book Club

April 26th

MOCA has a wide range of virtual programming, including lectures, tours, and artist interviews. The Book Club is no longer active but check out their archives to experience many of their events at your own pace.

Cooper Hewitt Virtual Talk: Deep Breaths – Designing on the Front Lines

April 8th

This virtual talk at the Cooper Hewitt will be a discussion about the sudden need for rapid innovation in PPE brought on by the pandemic, especially given the global shortages that were experienced. Experts will weigh in on the current state of PPE design.

What’s a Feminist Picture? MoMA Lecture

April 14th

This lecture and panel discussion is offered in MoMA’s wonderful virtual programming. This will be one of their Forums on Contemporary Photography, a loose platform for free-form critical discussions about photography today. The discussion is paired with a new photography exhibit that is “an invitation to look at pictures through a contemporary feminist lens; it affirms the capacity of artists to assert their political motivations and proposes unexpected connections that mount a challenge to convention.”

New Museum Live Virtual Tour: “Faith Ringgold: American People”

May 8th – 14th

This live, forty-five minute virtual tour will walk through the “Faith Ringgold American People” exhibit, covering the artwork itself, exclusive digital content, and biographic insights into the artists practice and significance in the field.

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Exhibits & Events in NYC 2022

The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. In this issue we share the exhibits and events in NYC that we are really looking forward to this year. As any creative knows, you can’t generate output if you aren’t continually feeding yourself inspiration. In addition to helping us stay informed about art and design, going to the fantastic galleries and museums throughout the city is a crucial strategy for those of us in the studio to stay engaged and open as creative people.

The Smart List: Exhibits & Events in NYC 2022
The Smart List: Exhibits & Events in NYC 2022

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

at the Brooklyn Museum through February 20th

This stunning exhibition draws from the legendary archives of the House of Dior to tell the story of the iconic fashion brand. Photos, videos, sketches, and over two hundred haute couture garments bring the history to life, walking visitors through each era of the brand’s evolution. This is a must-see for the fashion aficionado.

Outsider Art Fair

at the OAF New York Metropolitan Pavilion March 3rd – 6th

The Outsider Art Fair is an annual fair “dedicated to Self-Taught Art, Art Brut and Outsider Art.” In 1972 art brut champion Roger Cardinal explained that “a paramount factor in the critical definition of the creative Outsider is that he or she should be possessed of an expressive impulse and should then externalize that impulse in an unmonitored way which defies conventional art-historical contextualization.” It is the kind of art you won’t see anywhere else.

Tomas Saraceno: Particular Matter(s)

at The Shed February 11th through April 17th

The Shed is showing Tomás Saraceno: Particular Matter(s), the artist’s largest US exhibition thus far. Visitors have been especially mesmerized by the massive Free the Air: How to hear the universe in a spider/web, a 95-foot-diameter sensory installation that dominates the space and puts the viewer at the scale of a spider on its web.

Greater New York

at MoMA PS1 through April 18th

Greater New York is an exhibit that focuses exclusively on artists living and working in the New York area. This year 47 artists and collectives are featured in the show, which was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current exhibit has a special focus on the significance of time and place while showing a wide range of media and artistic styles, and it is an annual show that is worth a look every year.

The Orchid Show

at the New York Botanical Garden though April 23rd

This is The Orchid Show‘s 19th year, and it doesn’t disappoint. This year’s show is ‘Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope’, a bold and vibrant display that uses colorful geometric arrangements to mimic the effect of a turning kaleidoscope. Thousands of orchids create a spectacular display.

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