Public Receptors: Beneath the Skin

Public Receptors.

Gabi Schillig, courtesy Van Alen Institute

This textile installation is by New York Prize Fellow Gabi Schillig, a Berlin-based conceptual artist and architect. The wearable spatial structures mediate between private users and public spaces, provoking new relationships between bodies, clothing, and the built environment. Redefining the garment as tactile architecture, Schillig explores the potential for soft geometries and surface textiles, conventionally associated with individual bodies and human scale, to generate alternative arrangements of social space and modes of interaction in the urban fabric.

Van Alen Institute
30 W. 22nd Street, 6th Floor, NYC

Vertical Gardens

Museé du Quai Branly, Paris.

Patrick Blanc, courtesy Exit Art

A project of Social Environmental Aesthetics (SEA), architectural models, renderings, drawings, photographs, and ephemera that depict or imagine a vertical farm, urban garden, or green roof are exhibited. Included is an eight-foot-high living green wall by Edmundo Ortega and Dianne Rohrer.

Exit Art
474 Tenth Avenue, NYC

Through 09.07.09
Fashioning Felt

Wosk Theater, Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles, CA, 2007–08. Architect: Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, Mehrdad Yazdani, Assoc. AIA, Design Principal; Paul Gonzales, Project Manager; Jessica Yi, Project Architect; Hansol Park, AIA, Senior Designer; Jeremy Whitener, Project Designer. Felt walls designed and fabricated by Kathryn Walter of FELT Studio. Industrial felts (wool and recycled fibers).

Photo: Anne Garrison of Hewitt Garrison Photography

This exhibition explores the varied new uses of felt — a material believed to be one of the earliest techniques for making textiles, made by matting together wool fibers with humidity and friction. Beginning with historic examples of felts, contemporary uses of industrial felt in a range of fields, including product design, fashion, architecture, and home furnishings are on view.

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street, NYC