British painter David Hockney is known for openly following his own desires — he was a realist during the heyday of abstract painting and an advocate for gay figures when homosexuality was still a crime in the English courts — and for rigorously exploring the ways art and life feed each other, visually and emotionally. As Deborah Solomon put it: “Forthright joy and forward motion are the dynamos of his art”.
In Life of David Hockney, a compelling hybrid of novel and biography, French novelist Catherine Cusset has drawn a meticulously researched, yet intimate and moving portrait of the most famous living English painter.
On May 13 at 7pm, join Catherine Cusset and author and WNYC author and art critic Deborah Solomon as they discuss Life of David Hockney which offers an accessible overview of the painter who shook the world of art with a vitality and freedom that neither heartbreak nor illness nor loss could corrode.
In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.
ADFF, WantedDesign, Industry City and the Consulate General of Denmark present the New York premiere of Boris Bertram’s latest film: The Human Shelter. The film is an epic, poetic journey that explores the concept of “home” and investigates how we, as humans, express ourselves creatively within that sacred space. Before the film, join ADFF Festival Director Kyle Bergman in conversation with the film’s director Boris Bertram and IKEA Sweden’s Creative Leader of Strategy and Design, Nils Larsson.
Join French gallerist Nathalie Obadia, along with Benjamin Sutton, Lead Editor, Art Market and News, at Artsy, for a discussion in English on Obadia’s newly published book, Géopolitique de l’art contemporain, which analyzes the link between visual arts and geopolitics in today’s world.
The book posits that Le Louvre in Abu Dhabi, Art Basel in Miami, and Jeff Koons’ tulips in Paris are all manifestations of contemporary art as a tool for influence.
Art is not only a marker of power, it argues; it also measures a country’s degree of autonomy, its attractiveness, and its place in the world.
The contemporary art scene is largely dominated by the United States and by the Western world. Since the middle of the 20th century, however, this landscape has gradually begun to open up to new powers with declared global ambitions, most notably China.
Studying the role of the various stakeholders, artists, collectors, and museums, Nathalie Obadia analyses the evolution of the links between visual arts and geopolitics, with a particular focus on questioning the domination of American and Western soft powers.
In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.
CONNECTIONS™ is the premier connected home event hosting more than 650 executives from the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries. CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with two days of visionary keynotes and conference sessions focused on technology adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, evaluation of new business strategies, and recommendations for strategic partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design.
By embracing diversity and cultivating women-owned businesses, the design industry is creating a new wellspring of inspiration for the next generation of practitioners. Join Metropolis editor in chief Avi Rajagopal for a candid conversation with designers Corey Damen Jenkins, Young Huh, Everick Brown, and Sweeten CEO and founder Jean Brownhill.
Together they will shine the spotlight on the incredible talents that are sometimes overshadowed in a largely Caucasian- and male-dominated business world. In addition to discussing themes of representation, accountability, and adversity, the group will highlight the importance of design industry role models for up-and-coming designers from diverse backgrounds. If you can see it, you can be it.
The event is open to trade only; registration is required.
The rise of A.I. in smart cities everywhere will be fundamental to making municipalities work better for us. But even when machines “do everything,” there will still be lots of work – and jobs – for humans to do. Cognizant will share new roles and jobs that will emerge such as IoT-expert Cyber City Analysts, Tidewater Architects, and Vertical Farm Consultants. With the onset of autonomous vehicles, what new roles emerge when drivers really are hands free? Based on new research from Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work, this webinar will present actionable advice and guidance on how to navigate the Age of AI, Algorithms and Automation and explore the new jobs of the (not too distant) future that are emerging in smart cities of tomorrow.
On July 13, the Parrish Art Museum will host its annual Midsummer Party, a festive social gathering of artists, art collectors, curators, philanthropists, and business leaders from the Hamptons, New York City, and beyond. In addition to cocktails, dining, and the Late Night Party, guests will have the opportunity to view the special exhibitions Thomas Joshua Cooper: Refuge; Renate Aller: The Space between Memory and Expectation; Jean-Luc Mylayne: A Matter of Place; as well as the Museum’s current permanent collection installation Every Picture Tells a Story.
This year, the Midsummer Party will honor Louise and Leonard Riggio and artist Maya Lin. Past artist and philanthropist honorees have included Ross Bleckner, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Agnes Gund, Chad Leat, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Inga Maren Otto, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Clifford Ross, Barbara J. Slifka, and Keith Sonnier.
“For decades, the Midsummer Party has been the perfect recipe for bringing together artists and the community to celebrate the special relationship between the Museum and the cultural life of this unique region,” said Parrish Director Terrie Sultan.
“To a great extent the history of the Hamptons was written by the great artists who were inspired by the surrounding environs. As their art and fame flourished, the mission of the Parrish Art Museum morphed over time to reflect the dynamic evolution of their works,” said Honoree Leonard Riggio. “Our profound thanks are owed to the past and present patrons who had the wisdom to underwrite its growth, and to the succession of museum professionals who had the genius to create and expand this priceless landmark.”
Deborah F. Bancroft Preston T. Phillips
HOST COMMITTEE: Mary and Howard S. Frank, Laura Lofaro Freeman and James L. Freeman, Chad A. Leat, Denise LeFrak, Christina and Alan MacDonald, Larry Milstein, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, Kathy Reilly, Frederic M. Seegal, Marcia Dunn Sobel, and Joey Wölffer.
Join us for the release of Field Guide to Life in Urban Plazas.
The guide outlines a research effort focused on New York City, the primary location of urbanist William H. Whyte’s “Street Life Project,” which formed the basis for his seminal book and film The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (1980). The new guide seeks to understand how different types of public spaces have changed some 40 years later. What’s changed about how people use the public realm, and what makes for successful spaces?
The project looks at 10 plazas in Manhattan constructed or renovated in the last 15 years, ranging from the type of bonus spaces Whyte was observing to infrastructural leftovers, alleys, transit plazas, private campus areas, and tactical urbanist interventions. The team used new analytical tools such as a machine-learning algorithm to develop heat maps describing dwell time and pedestrian counts from video footage. The team also used some of the same techniques Whyte did—behavioral observations, site measurements, and hand tabulation to understand context, physical elements, programming, and activity.
Thomas Balsley, Hon. AIANY, Principal, SWA/Balsley
Emily Schlickman, Co-lead, SWA XL Lab