Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow

When Swedish Designers Preferred Plastic

Jugs, ladles, utensils, and bowls are common exhibition fare. However, it’s not often you see an exhibit devoted to the plastic—rather than clay—versions of these items. On view through July 25 at the Svensk Form gallery in Stockholm, Swedish Plastic Design 1950-1971 features 470 pieces that range from kitschy to elegant, translucent to solid. Selected from the collection of Thomas…

Eco-Fest Shows Sustainability Is an Everyday Choice

As someone who brings crinkled old plastic bags to the grocery store, I have been perplexed by environmental activists who don’t bother to recycle and by Earth Day celebrations that leave seas of trash in their wake. Such inconsistencies result, at worst, from lazy hypocrisy and, at best, from a belief that focusing on the micro distracts from larger, more…

Exhibit Visits Urban Renewal’s ‘Scenes of Crime’

In retrospect, Urban Renewal, the post-World War II program that demolished undesirable urban areas in an attempt to heal cities, has a lot in common with the old medical practice of leeching. Contemplating each, you’re first relieved the idea is no longer popular, then you can’t help wondering, “What the hell were they thinking?” A new exhibit on Urban Renewal…