Upcoming must-attend global happenings in the worlds of architecture, art, design, and fashion.

Oct. 1-31
New York
Organized by the American Institute of Architects’s New York chapter, the month-long, aptly named Archtober festival returns for its sixth year. There will again be a Building of the Day, which highlights places through architect-led on-site tours. More than 60 respected New York institutions, large and small, across all five boroughs, will participate, hosting talks, screenings, exhibitions, and beyond. archtober.org

Oct. 1-Jan. 8, 2017
De Stadstriënnale (City Triennial)
Hasselt and Genk, Belgium
Founded in 2005, the triennial spans Hasselt and Genk, two major cities in Flanders. This edition, themed “Trademarks,” will spread across six venues. Occupying a former coal mine, the largest exhibition will be curated by Belgian native and current New Yorker Tim Goossens, who shares his plans for the month with us below. Titled “This is the Sound of ™,” the show will explore the overlap between visual art and music, and will feature, among other works, Björk’s virtual reality music video, “Stonemilker.” stadstriennale.be

Oct. 1-May 13, 2018
“Spencer Finch: Lost Man Creek” at MetroTech Commons
The Brooklyn-based artist is known for large-scale works that engage with nature. Commissioned by Public Art Fund, his latest project will effectively replicate a 790-acre area within California’s Redwood National Park at one-one hundredth of its size. The artist will fill in the miniature forest with 4,000 young Dawn Redwoods, which, at one to four-feet-tall, are still big enough to take up 4,500 square feet in MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn. publicartfund.org

Oct. 1-Jan. 22, 2017
“Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter” at the Museum of Modern Art
New York

We spoke with MoMA’s associate curator of architecture and design, Sean Anderson, about the exhibition he organized that considers the current global refugee crisis in terms of the physical structures that have shaped it.

"Calais, France, March 2016" by Henk Wildschut is part of MoMA's “Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter.” (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)

"Calais, France, March 2016" by Henk Wildschut is part of MoMA's “Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter.” (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)

“This is not one of those architecture exhibitions where one might try and make it into something that proposes a solution. I’m not interested in that. In my research, several questions came up: What is home, as compared to shelter? What is shelter, in the midst of transit, in the midst of fear, in the midst of escape? The concept developed from a set of fundamental problems for and by architecture, around the issue of being a refugee or asylum seeker, and also the spaces that surround them in general. It’s organized around three elements: borders, shelter—shelter being noun and verb—and camps, considering them not as camps, but as cities.

Typically, camps and shelters have emerged in the context of governments and politics. They are thought of as impermanent places. So, the idea of travel and movement being literally stopped sets up a problem. We pass through borders almost constantly within a city or in an airport or in a country, and we have passports, etcetera. We live in a world in which this ceaseless movement is not only taken for granted, but then somehow challenged at the same time, when, almost arbitrarily, those borders that are supposed to keep us safe in some way, or define our identities, are used as tools of violence. 

It’s a curious thing, right? We move on Skype through a borderless world. Speaking to that, I think, many people I interviewed in the Jordanian refugee camps all said that they would much rather have better phone reception and WiFi than they would like to have had a better home. I asked why, and they said because they could then communicate with family and friends in Syria.

I think that travel, now, is like what was envisioned in the 1940s or ’50s of the future, in that we don’t have to be physically present, necessarily. Yet we all seem to do it. Refugees and asylum seekers are moving, but they are being forced to do so, and usually under fairly violent and repressive circumstances. I also think that there is this idea that we all go home, always. People I met in Jordan said, ‘Oh yes, we’ll go home eventually.’ I have to think, When does that happen?” moma.org

Oct. 2-Feb. 5, 2017
“Beyond Bling: Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles
This jewelry show will display about 50 pieces from collector Lois Boardman’s recent donation of more than 300 jewelry items from the late 20th and early 21st centuries. All made in the studios of various jewelers, works feature traditional materials, like gold and silver, as well as less traditional ones, like feathers, Neoprene, and plexiglass. The exhibition, evoking a historical cabinet of curiosities, is divided into “animal,” “vegetable,” “mineral,” and “plastic.” lacma.org

Oct. 3
Andrew Carmellini will open his latest restaurant, Leuca, at The William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. The American chef’s first Brooklyn venture, and his second outside Manhattan, will specialize in southern Italian cuisine. To get the interior mood right, Toronto’s Studio Munge imagined a young southern Italian couple who love their culture and its food. What would it look like if they moved to Brooklyn? Go to Leuca and find out. thewilliamvale.com

Oct. 5-9
Design Week Mexico
Mexico City
Started in 2009, Design Week Mexico returns with an expanded roster of exhibitions and activities that aims to draw international attention toward design in Mexico City. As the latest guest country invited by the organization, Germany and its design showcase will be highlighted, while the featured Mexican state will be Jalisco. Artisans from the area and their German counterparts will collaborate on pottery and woven pieces for the week’s “Visions & Traditions” show. designweekmexico.com

Oct. 5
AL_A at the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology (MAAT) public opening
The British architecture firm AL_A, founded and run by Amanda Levete, will debut a new gallery that will be an extension of MAAT. Structurally in communication with the river it borders, the building allows visitors to walk over, under, and through it, and its use of 3-D ceramic tiles make for a series of changing light patterns. maat.pt

A studio space at La Mansana de Chinati in Marfa. (Photo: Elizabeth Felicella/© Judd Foundation)

A studio space at La Mansana de Chinati in Marfa. (Photo: Elizabeth Felicella/© Judd Foundation)

Oct. 7-9
Chinati Weekend 2016
Marfa, Texas
In honor of its 30th anniversary, Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation is hosting a weekend-long celebration that culminates in a benefit dinner on Saturday, Oct. 8. Attendees can look forward to the recently unveiled on-site Robert Irwin installation—the artist’s largest work ever—as well as a piece from Judd’s “Channel” series. The first major arts hub in Marfa, Chinati has fostered surrounding cultural activities, which over the decades have established the small town as an art world destination. chinati.org

Oct. 12-Dec. 18
Tino Sehgal at Palais de Tokyo
The Berlin-based artist and choreographer opens a solo show spanning the whole of Palais de Tokyo, Europe’s largest space dedicated to contemporary art. Sehgal’s work explores subtle social interactions through discreetly staged performances. Palais has given him full creative control over its 140,000 square feet of exhibition space, which is the most he’s ever had for a single project. palaisdetokyo.com

Oct. 13
Fashion Tech Forum at Duggal Greenhouse
The third annual Fashion Tech Forum will take place at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn’s Vinegar Hill neighborhood. Hosted by founder Karen Harvey, the invitation-only convention aims to introduce and inspire collaboration among leaders from the worlds of fashion and technology. This year’s 30 headliners include fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, Elle magazine editor-in-chief Robbie Myers, and Snapchat’s Peter Sellis. fashiontechforum.com

A necklace in “Beyond Bling" at LACMA that is made of Legos, rubber cord, and silver. (Photo: Courtesy Museum Associates/LACMA)

A necklace in “Beyond Bling" at LACMA that is made of Legos, rubber cord, and silver. (Photo: Courtesy Museum Associates/LACMA)

"L.O.V.E." (2010) by Maurizio Cattelan will be in the artist's solo show at Monnaie de Paris. (Photo: Zeno Zotti/Courtesy Maurizio Cattelan's Archive)

"L.O.V.E." (2010) by Maurizio Cattelan will be in the artist's solo show at Monnaie de Paris. (Photo: Zeno Zotti/Courtesy Maurizio Cattelan's Archive)

Oct. 13-16
Creative Time Summit
Washington, D.C.
Produced by the New York-based public art nonprofit Creative Time, the eponymous summit will convene in Washington, D.C., at the Lincoln Theatre, a historic hub of African American culture in the area. The earliest and largest conference to address social practice—a nascent movement that comprises art projects related to social issues—the event’s nearly 50 speakers this year will include Carrie Mae Weems, Pedro Reyes, and collaborators Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman. creativetime.org

Oct. 13-Nov. 27
“A View of One’s Own: Three Women Photographers in Rome” at the American Academy in Rome
The exhibition will juxtapose work depicting Rome by three expats who each lived and worked in the city for a significant portion of their lives, though their stories vary widely. American archaeologist Esther Van Deman arrived for an academic fellowship in 1901. British author Georgina Mason settled there in the 1940s and later wrote and took the photographs for the lauded handbook Companion Guide to Rome (1965). American artist Jeannette Montgomery Barron moved there in 2003. Her photographs will be on view alongside short videos taken with an iPhone. aarome.org

Oct. 16-Jan. 8, 2017
“Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics” at the High Museum of Art
Known for atmospheric scenes that capture built spaces and the people within them, the German photographer has frequently gravitated towards setups where technology has an underlying presence. “Nature & Politics” includes more than 30 photographs from the last decade that are unified by this theme. On view in America for the first time at the High, the series debuted in Germany earlier this year. high.org

Oct. 18
Storm King Art Center’s Annual Gala
New York
Spanning 500 acres in Hudson Valley, the sculpture park Storm King will throw its annual benefit gala in Manhattan at the iconic Rainbow Room atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The honoree this year will be architect and sculptor Maya Lin, who last worked with the park in 2007 on a large-scale earthwork titled “Storm King Wavefield,” for which she molded the terrain to resemble ocean waves. stormking.org

Oct. 19
Spencer Bailey in Conversation with David Adjaye
New York
The 92nd Street Y will host a talk between Surface’s editor-in-chief and the Tanzanian-born architect, who was on our August 2015 cover. Among the topics will be Adjaye’s new book, Adjaye: Africa: Architecture (Thames & Hudson), as well as a major recent project in Washington, D.C., the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened to the public in September as the latest addition to the Smithsonian. m.92y.org

Made in the early 1980s by Hawkins Bolden, "Untitled (scarecrow)" will be at Outsider Art Fair Paris. (Photo: Courtesy of Shrine, New York)

Made in the early 1980s by Hawkins Bolden, "Untitled (scarecrow)" will be at Outsider Art Fair Paris. (Photo: Courtesy of Shrine, New York)

Oct. 20-23
Outsider Art Fair Paris 2016
Its fourth year in Paris, the Outsider Art Fair will be held at Hôtel du Duc with 38 exhibitors. As with the first edition 25 years ago in New York, the fair highlights work by outsider artists—that is, artists separated from the academic, market, and institutional frameworks of the art world, whether by circumstance or by choice. This year’s theme is art brut, the mid-20th century European movement that is considered the precursor to contemporary outsider art. outsiderartfair.com

Oct. 22-Aug. 20, 2017
“Making Mainbocher: The First American Couturier” at the Chicago History Museum
With royalty of all kinds—social, Hollywood, and actual—as his patrons, Chicago native Main Rousseau Bocher, known as Mainbocher, the name of the label that he founded in 1929, is considered the first American couturier. Society women may be most indebted to him for inventing the strapless evening dress, but during World War II, he also lent his talents to Girl Scout and Navy uniforms. Around 30 garments will be on display, alongside illustrations and photographs from throughout his life. chicagohistory.org

Oct. 22-Jan.8, 2017
“Not Afraid of Love” at Monnaie de Paris
Maurizio Cattelan, the internationally acclaimed artist known for his dark humor and trickster persona, will spearhead a solo exhibition at the Monnaie de Paris, an institution dating back to the ninth century that originally minted coins. On display will be pieces from throughout his career that he handpicked to represent what he considers to be the most important moments in his work and life. The show will be his largest ever in Europe, and his first major endeavor since his 2011 Guggenheim retrospective. monnaiedeparis.fr

Carlos Couturier, Cofounder, Grupo Habita

"This month, I’m headed to Chicago for two excellent reasons: The Robey and The Hollander, the two new hotels my company, Grupo Habita, is opening in November. The Robey is located in the landmark Northwest Tower, an art deco building that, in 1929, was the first skyscraper built in the city outside of downtown. Next door is the sister hotel, The Hollander; it includes our first-ever Social Stay program, which integrates shared rooms with social media. Either one makes the perfect home base for exploring Chicago. I enjoy taking visitors to The 606, an elevated green walkway near the hotels. If I were to design our perfect day, it would start with breakfast at Café Robey or a coffee at La Colombe under the Damen “El” Station, continue with lunch at Small Cheval (best burgers in town), and later we’d go to The Violet Hour in Wicker Park for cocktails. And I wouldn’t let anyone leave the city without having tried the fried Amish chicken at Parson’s Chicken & Fish. Down the block from our hotels, Myopic Books is a used bookstore with some great evening events. Across the street, check out the Double Door rock club under the bright red “Liquors” sign. It might be closing soon, so go while you can. I’m looking forward to the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, which opens up spaces that the public normally doesn’t have access to, and it’s definitely worth a look. If there is enough time, I would recommend taking a day trip to Plano, Illinois, to see Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. Designed in 1945, it is seen as the culmination of modernist ideals in architecture that had been developing for decades prior."

Oct. 23-Jan. 15, 2017
“Designing Dreams: A Celebration of Léon Bakst” at Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
Monte Carlo
On the 150th anniversary of his birth, an exhibition will honor the Russian designer Léon Bakst, whose set and costume designs spun the fantasy worlds inhabited by the legendary Ballets Russes between 1909 and 1922. The show will display Bakst’s sketches and costumes alongside artwork inspired by him, including a specially commissioned piece by contemporary artist and choreographer Nick Maus and items from a 1991 Yves Saint Laurent collection that looked to the Ballets Russes’s “Scheherazade.” nmnm.mc

Oct. 24
Aperture Foundation Benefit Party and Auction
New York
Photography foundation Aperture will honor the iconic photographer William Eggleston at its annual benefit party. The co-hosts of the event include musician David Byrne and David Zwirner, who recently became Eggleston’s New York gallerist. The 77-year-old, Memphis-born artist became famous in the 1970s for his use of saturated colors in his photographs; fittingly, the event’s invitation specifies colorful attire. aperture.org

A photograph by William Eggleston. (Photo: Eggleston Artistic Trust/Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London)

A photograph by William Eggleston. (Photo: Eggleston Artistic Trust/Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London)

A scene at Dubai Design Week. (Photo: Herald Herrera)

A scene at Dubai Design Week. (Photo: Herald Herrera)

Oct. 24-29
Dubai Design Week
United Arab Emirates
Now in its second year, Dubai Design Week promises a multifaceted program that will extend across the city. Anchored in the Design District, the six-day-long festival will see more than 100 events unfold amid hundreds of participating international design studios, brands, and other organizations. It will also encompass the Downtown Design trade fair, as well as “Global Grad Show,” a sprawling exhibition of 135 projects from students at leading design universities across six continents. dubaidesignweek.ae

Oct. 24-Nov. 3
“Mert & Marcus: Works 2001-2014” at Phillips
Among the world’s best-known living fashion photographers, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott rose to fame in the early 2000s for their lurid, highly sexualized photographs featured in publications like Vogue and W and in campaigns for brands including Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Celebrating 20 years as partners, Mert and Marcus, as they go by for short, will have 18 works in their first major show, a selling exhibition debuting at Phillips in London. phillips.com

Mert & Marcus's "Parallel Lines" (2006). (Photo: Courtesy Phillips)

Mert & Marcus's "Parallel Lines" (2006). (Photo: Courtesy Phillips)

Oct. 25-29
“Work” by Vitra at Orgatec
Cologne, Germany
At Orgatec, renowned Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra will take over a hall in the massive conference center for “Work,” essentially a smaller fair operating within the scope of the enormous trade show. Alongside 15 partner brands, Vitra aims to “explore the role that work plays in our lives and culture.” orgatec.com

Tim Goossens, Independent Curator

"I’m leaving New York City and traveling to Belgium, where I’m from originally, to begin installing the exhibition I’m curating for the City Triennial. But before, I will swing by London for a few days to visit the studio of Es Devlin, one of the top stage designers in the world. I commissioned her to create a piece for the Triennial inspired by some of her past major production design projects, among which are Beyoncé’s Formation tour, Kanye West’s Yeezus tour (the fourth she’s done for him), and the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. While in London, I will also see Björk’s virtual reality show, “Björk Digital,” at Somerset House [through Oct. 23], and, as always, squeeze in multiple studio visits all over town. I will definitely go to The Dove, a pub in in South Hackney, that’s one of my all-time favorite places and has magically survived gentrification! After the Triennial opens, I’ll have some time to myself. The young Belgian artist Kasper Bosmans, who I showed in the U.S. for the first time in 2013, is having a killer year, which includes a solo show that I’ll see at Rotterdam’s Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art [through Dec. 31]. In Antwerp, the A-Tower office building, famous in the city for being very ugly, is under renovation for six months while it’s transformed into apartments. In the interim there will be art events throughout all 24 floors, a bar, and—most fun—a top-floor nightclub called Klub Goud. At the end of the month, I will head to Madrid to lay the groundwork for a collaboration I am doing with the contemporary art fair Just Mad [Feb. 21-26, 2017]. The Marcel Broodthaers retrospective that I saw at MoMA earlier this year will open at the Museo Reina Sofía on Oct. 5, and I think I’ll go, as I always like seeing how a major show gets installed at different venues. In November, I’ll head to São Paulo, as I often do, to see the Bienal de São Paulo [through Nov. 27] and catch up with my friends there."

Oct. 27
“Works & Process Rotunda Projects Gala” at the Guggenheim
New York
The museum’s ongoing performing-arts series of 30 years, “Works & Process,” will expand next year to commission projects specifically designed to unfold within the rotunda of the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building. This month’s benefit gala for the Rotunda Project will offer guests a preview of performances from the first two artists selected: MacArthur Fellow tap dancer Michelle Dorrance and American Ballet Theatre’s Daniil Simkin. worksandprocessgala.org

Oct. 28-Feb. 5, 2017
“Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016” at the Whitney Museum of American Art
New York
The expansive show will examine the history of artists and their relationship with cinema since the steady ascendance of the latter to the forefront of American culture. Organized by staff curator Chrissie Iles, the exhibition is four years in the making, and will feature works dating from the early 20th century to present day, by artists including Philippe Parreno, Alex Da Corte, and Andrea Crespo. whitney.org

Alex Da Corte's "Easternsports," a multimedia installation first staged in 2014. Da Corte's work will be in the Whitney's "Dreamlands" exhibition. (Photo: Courtesy Alex Da Corte/Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania)

Alex Da Corte's "Easternsports," a multimedia installation first staged in 2014. Da Corte's work will be in the Whitney's "Dreamlands" exhibition. (Photo: Courtesy Alex Da Corte/Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania)


Nov. 2-4
Adobe MAX: The Creativity Conference
San Diego
The software giant’s annual conclave of creative professionals offers three days of sessions on everything from illustration to app design. Talks by Jared Leto, Zac Posen, and other noteworthy creatives punctuate this year’s programming. max.adobe.com

Nov. 9-10
NeoCon East
An offshoot of the massive Chicago design trade show NeoCon, which caters to commercial needs, the East Coast version is back for the second time at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. neoconeast.com

Nov. 10
Swiss Institute’s 30th Anniversary Benefit
New York
The revered nonprofit art space celebrates its 30th anniversary with a benefit at the Williamsburg Savings Bank, where artists Jordan Wolfson and Olivier Mosset and gallerist Eva Presenhuber will be recognized. swissinstitute.net

Nov. 15
MoMA’s Annual Film Benefit
New York
In support of its film department, which dates back to 1935, the Museum of Modern Art will hold its ninth annual film benefit next month. The event will honor Tom Hanks. moma.org