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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

6.01.2011

Summer in the City

 [Urban Magnolia at Studioplex, a seven-year-old's perspective.]

"Very early on I had a teacher who told me that if you are ever bored in a city, you are boring,"  recalls Ryan Wong, departmental administrator at the Met, in this week's installment of Connections. Contrasts within cities and contrasts between urban settings and the countryside are the focus of June's first episode.

[Iron grid against old brick at Studioplex, a seven-year-old's perspective.]

What I enjoy about Atlanta is that there are pockets of country-like green in relatively tranquil neighborhoods -- even some houses with wide front porches still intact -- but just a few streets away there's a major urban happening like Modern by Design, a soon-to-open exhibition covering innovation and stylistic evolution from the 1930s to present day. The show represents another collaboration between the High and MoMA and will encompass roughly 150 pieces by highly influential designers including furniture, glass and other household objects.

[Image via the High.]

[Peter Schlumbohm, American, born Germany, 1896-1962. Chemex Coffee Maker, 1941. Pyrex glass, wood, and leather, 9 1/2 x 6 1/8" (24.2 x 15.5 cm). Manufacturer: Chemex Corp., New York, NY. Gift of Lewis & Conger, 51.1943.]

To kick things off, MoMA curator for the Department of Architecture and Design, Juliet Kinchin, will be on hand Saturday, June 4 to discuss crucial moments in 20th century design. The free lecture is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. in the High's Hill auditorium.  For tickets, click here.

3 comments:

Janet said...

I love the 7 year-old perspective. . .

Jamie Herzlinger said...

Wonderful post! Oh so true in regards ton being bored in a city! Especially one like Manhattan!
I love your blog!
Kind Regrds!
Jamie Herzlinger

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I've always said -no matter where you live - only boring people get bored. Any place is what you make it!