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Out and About 2019

Out and About 2019

Must-See Summer Exhibitions for Aesthetes

5 July 2019

As summer ratchets up from ‘bake’ to ‘broil’, Rago’s team of specialists have once again set about rounding up some of the hottest exhibits from around the country where you can beat the heat while losing yourself in a world of art and design.

Connections: Contemporary Craft @ the Renwick Gallery

Discover a vast and dynamic exhibition of contemporary craft at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. Part of its ongoing permanent collection, Connections is a celebration of craft, both as a discipline and as a way of life. The installation highlights the evolution of the field of craft, from the pioneers of the American Studio Craft Movement through today, and explores the idea of tangible craft as a balancing force in our increasingly digital world.

Must see works include Wendell Castle’s “Ghost Clock” and Albert Paley’s “Portal Gates.”

Pictured: Albert Paley’s “Portal Gates”


Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America @ the Denver Museum of Art

Featuring works by Charles and Ray Eames, Eva Zeisel and Irving Harper for George Nelson, Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America presents the concept of playfulness in post-war American design as a catalyst for innovation and creativity.

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, new materials and manufacturing techniques heralded fresh approaches to design and large-scale production. Owing to an increase in disposable income and leisure time, American families could acquire the thoughtfully designed objects wrought by these advances and enjoy a bold new vision of the “American Dream.”

This exhibition encourages visitors to consider the role of design in their daily lives.

Pictured: Charles and Ray Eames’ First Edition ESU-400


New Glass Now @ The Corning Museum of Glass

No exploration of contemporary craft and innovative design would be complete without a visit to the Corning Museum of Glass, home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of traditional and contemporary art glass.

New Glass Now, a global survey intended to show the range and depth of contemporary glassmaking, documents the skill and invention of artists, designers, and architects around the world working in the fabulous and fragile medium of glass.



Saarinen House @ Cranbrook Art Museum

Cranbrook Art Museum, part of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and one of the first contemporary art museums in America, invites viewers to discover transformative moments in contemporary art, architecture, and design.

Cranbrook Art Museum’s permanent collection includes works by contemporary masters including Richard Anuszkiewicz, Alberto Giacometti, Jim Dine, Joseph Albers and Andy Warhol. True design lovers will relish the opportunity to tour the Saarinen House, Eliel Saarinen’s Art Deco masterwork. From 1930-1950 it served as the home and studio of designer Eliel Saarinen, the Academy of Art’s first president and head of the Architecture Department, and his wife, Loja Saarinen, the first head of the Academy’s Weaving Department. Impeccably restored, the interior features the Saarinens’ original furnishings as well as early furniture designs by their son, the brilliant architect and industrial designer Eero Saarinen.

Reservations are required. Tours are scheduled on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, through December 1. Plan your visit today.

Saarinen House Dining Room, Photo attributed to TripAdvisor.com