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

A rendering of Autoban's "The Wish Machine," which will represent Turkey at the London Design Biennale. (Photo: Cagla Gurbay/Autoban)

A rendering of Autoban's "The Wish Machine," which will represent Turkey at the London Design Biennale. (Photo: Cagla Gurbay/Autoban)

Sept. 7-27
London Design Biennale 2016
The inaugural London Design Biennale opens at the Somerset House. Each of the 37 participating countries, most represented by a national museum or design organization, will present an installation responding to the theme “Utopia by Design.” The following concepts stood out to us. Turkey: Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar of design firm Autoban were inspired by “wish trees,” a centuries-old regional belief that tying notes or mementos to tree branches creates hope. Titled “The Wish Machine,” the display is a sci-fi, almost dystopian reimagining of the wish tree. Visitors walk down a transparent tunnel; at the end is a pneumatic tube. They are asked to write their visions of utopia on a piece of paper and feed it into the tube, which sucks it away. United Kingdom: London design firm Barber & Osgerby partnered with the Victoria and Albert Museum to create “Forecast,” a wind-powered sculpture that will be situated in Somerset House’s central courtyard. Blue aluminum wind masts and other components resembling weather instruments take on monumental forms that sway in the slightest breeze. Taiwan: The appeal of “Eatopia” is its simple celebration of the country’s multifaceted culture through its cuisine. Co-curators Rain Wu, an architect, and Shikai Tseng, a designer, collaborated with chef Chung-Ho Tsai to stage a series of five-course tastings that complement a narrative which unfolds within the forest-like setting. Guests will dine at a table in a clearing. londondesignbiennale.com

Sept. 2-6
Maison & Objet
Paris
Held in Paris since 1995, Maison & Objet has changed course in recent years. The formerly humble design trade show is determined to be a global force in the industry, having launched fairs in Singapore and Miami Beach, and initiating a Paris design week. This year, more than 3,000 exhibitors will have the option to display their products on M.O.M. (Maison & Objet and More), the fair’s new digital platform. maison-objet.com

The Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum, one of the hubs for the Shanghai Project. (Photo: Courtesy Shanghai Project)

The Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum, one of the hubs for the Shanghai Project. (Photo: Courtesy Shanghai Project)

Sept. 4-Nov. 13
The Shanghai Project
Shanghai
Details about Hans Ulrich Obrist’s mysterious Shanghai Project were finally revealed this summer. As promised, the “ideas platform,” as it’s billed, has strong environmentalist overtones, and specifically asks participants to consider what the planet will be like 100 years from now. The Shanghai Himalayas Museum, one of the co-organizers, will host the opening day roundtable. shanghai-project.org


Fashion Month: Spring/Summer 2017

A mutual, silent countdown is understood between fashion editors, buyers, and bloggers alike as summer fades and Labor Day nears. With September arrives the twice-yearly stampede of the fashion world to its four favorite cities over the course of four elongated weeks to preview the spring/summer collections. The whirlwind of runway shows, presentations, and parties is a given—but beneath it all is an industry in flux. This season, look out for fashion brands rolling out see-now-buy-now business models, major labels under new creative direction, and the continued blurring of lines separating menswear and womenswear.

Sept. 7-15: New York

In February, Tom Ford announced that the label would forgo the traditional fashion calendar, and instead present the latest collection—the first in a year—with a see-now-buy-now model. Meanwhile, the designer is looking forward to the November premiere of his second feature film, Nocturnal Animals. After suddenly shuttering its doors last year, Band of Outsiders returns to New York Fashion Week. The brand will move forward without the former creative director, Scott Sternberg, who founded the label in Los Angeles in 2004—creating anticipation for the reveal of a new vision.

Sept. 18-20: London     

Burberry will present a “September” collection that will be available for purchase immediately after the show. Elsewhere, a public exhibition, titled “Makers House” (through Sept. 27), will showcase what promises to be a very British homewares collaboration with The New Craftsman, a London retailer that sources luxury crafts from artists in the United Kingdom. Expect the unexpected at Christopher Kane’s runway show. This year marks the 10th anniversary of his eponymous brand, leaving reason for the Scottish designer to celebrate in a big—and unlikely—way.

Sept. 21-27: Milan

Bottega Veneta celebrates its 50th anniversary this season. On the occasion, the Italian fashion house will present its men’s and women’s collections together for the first time.

Sept. 27-Oct. 5: Paris

Picking up where Raf Simons left off at Dior, Maria Chiuri Grazia will present her first ready-to-wear collection for the brand. Her departure from Valentino left her former co-creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, with full creative control, which he exercised for the first time with the collection debuting this week. All eyes will be on two newly appointed creative directors: Anthony Vaccarello at Saint Laurent, who replaced Hedi Slimane; and Bouchra Jarra at Lanvin, who takes the mantle from industry icon Alber Elbaz. 


Trent Bailey Davis's "Spelt in Lance’s Dryroom, Hotchkiss, Colorado" (2012). (Photo: Trent Davis Bailey/Courtesy Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco)

Trent Bailey Davis's "Spelt in Lance’s Dryroom, Hotchkiss, Colorado" (2012). (Photo: Trent Davis Bailey/Courtesy Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco)

Sept. 8-Oct. 29
“Trent Davis Bailey: The North Fork” at Robert Koch Gallery
San Francisco
Currently a lecturer at California College of the Arts, the Denver native has his first solo show at the respected San Francisco photography gallery. Titled “The North Fork,” after a valley in Colorado that Bailey would visit as a child, the exhibition presents photographs that depict, in crisp colors, the expansive, rolling landscape throughout the seasons. Bailey took the photographs over a three-year period beginning in 2012, when he rediscovered the North Fork after being away for 20 years. (Full disclosure: Bailey’s twin brother, Spencer Bailey, is the editor-in-chief of this magazine.) kochgallery.com

Production still from Sanford Biggers's "Shatter" (2015). (Photo: Courtesy Sanford Biggers)

Production still from Sanford Biggers's "Shatter" (2015). (Photo: Courtesy Sanford Biggers)

Sept. 9-Jan. 1, 2017
“Sanford Biggers: Subjective Cosmology” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Detroit
On the heels of a solo show in London, the Harlem-based artist has a major solo exhibition opening at MOCAD that will showcase new and recent works. It will include videos, sculptures, and various other multimedia elements, arranged in an “immersive installation.” The centerpiece, “Laocoön” (2015), is a 30-foot-long, face-down, inflatable Fat Albert. mocadetroit.org


Sept. 9-Nov. 6
“Tsang Kin-Wah: Nothing” at M+ Pavilion
Hong Kong
The contemporary art museum M+ isn’t set to open until 2019, but the organization is launching its program this fall with M+Pavilion, the first of three completed structures in the city’s West Kowloon Cultural District. The inaugural show will feature a multimedia video installation by Tsang Kin-Wah. Titled “Nothing,” it’s a sequel to the artist’s presentation for the Hong Kong Pavilion at last year’s Venice Biennale. westkowloon.hk

A detail of Joseph Dufour's "Monuments de Paris" (1812-1814), which will be on view at the 2016 Biennale des Antiquaires. (Photo: Thierry Malty/Courtesy Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz)

A detail of Joseph Dufour's "Monuments de Paris" (1812-1814), which will be on view at the 2016 Biennale des Antiquaires. (Photo: Thierry Malty/Courtesy Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz)

Sept. 10-18
2016 Biennale des Antiquaires
Paris
Since the 1950s, the biennial antique fair has grown to host more than 120 dealers at the Grand Palais. Countless one-of-a-kind pieces, which often come with a story and an exorbitant price tag, have stoked interest in the niche trade show. Recently expanded programming this year includes exhibitions curated by the Hermitage, Le Mobilier National, and Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. This will also mark the end of the biennial tradition, with the fair beginning an annual schedule in 2017. biennale-paris.com

An installation rendering of Taryn Simon's "An Occupation of Loss." (Photo: Courtesy OMA New York)

An installation rendering of Taryn Simon's "An Occupation of Loss." (Photo: Courtesy OMA New York)

Sept. 13-25
Taryn Simon’s “An Occupation of Loss” at the Park Avenue Armory
New York
Until now, Simon’s art has centered around research-heavy photography projects, so no one really knew what she would do for an expansive installation in the Armory’s cavernous Drill Hall, also the backdrop for a performance she is directing that involves upwards of 30 professional mourners. Collaborating with Shohei Shigematsu of OMA, Simon will set the stage with 11 concrete pipes, 48 feet in height, that house the mourners as they grieve in multiple languages. armoryonpark.org


Installation view of Dark teamLab's "Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together" (2015). It will be restaged at this year's Start Art Fair. (Photo: Courtesy of teamLab and START Art Fair)

Installation view of Dark teamLab's "Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together" (2015). It will be restaged at this year's Start Art Fair. (Photo: Courtesy of teamLab and START Art Fair)

Sept. 15-18
Start Art Fair
London
The three-year-old contemporary art fair has nearly doubled its number of exhibiting galleries since the 2015 edition—64, up from 38—but that should come as no surprise to those familiar with Start’s moneyed backers, including Prudential, and its benefactor, Saatchi Gallery, where the fair unfolds over three stories of exhibition space. No doubt collector heavyweights will be drawn in from around the globe. startartfair.com

Ed Moses's "Budulox" (2006) will be on view in "Painting After Postmodernism." (Photo: Courtesy Robert Polo Gallery)

Ed Moses's "Budulox" (2006) will be on view in "Painting After Postmodernism." (Photo: Courtesy Robert Polo Gallery)

Sept. 15-Nov. 13
“Painting After Postmodernism” at Roberto Polo Gallery
Brussels
Respected New York-based art historian Barbara Rose is the curator behind this expansive show, which sets out to explore the developments in 20th century painting after Marcel Duchamp, in 1918, declared it a dead medium. Through 256 works by eight American and eight Belgian artists, spread out over 20,000 square feet of exhibition space in two buildings, Rose makes a case for all the artists who kept painting alive. robertopologallery.com

Sept. 16-18
NY Art Book Fair
Queens, New York
It’s been 10 years since Printed Matter, the beloved artists’ books nonprofit, founded NY Art Book Fair. Open to any and all artist-published material—from books, to catalogs, to zines, and everything in between—it’s still the only one of its kind. The fair returns this month to MoMA PS1, its host since 2010, with nearly 400 exhibitors, and is expected to match or top last year’s attendance of 35,000. nyartbookfair.com

Sept. 17-Oct. 9
Photo Docks Art Fair
Lyon, France
Presented by Docks Art Fair, the event will focus exclusively on photography and video art. Held at the Odile Decq-designed Confluence Institute, it will comprise a three-day fair followed by a three-week exhibition during which the unattended booths will be on view. docksartfair.com

Bruce Weber's "Boys from Red Cloud, Nebraska Date" (1981). (Photo: Courtesy Dallas Contemporary)

Bruce Weber's "Boys from Red Cloud, Nebraska Date" (1981). (Photo: Courtesy Dallas Contemporary)

 

Sept. 17-Dec. 18
“Bruce Weber: Far From Home” at Dallas Contemporary
Dallas
Imbued with a warm-hearted adventurousness, Weber’s fashion photographs have captured facets of the American spirit from coast to coast—and it doesn’t hurt that one or more of his five golden retrievers frequently make appearances in the images. His new solo show, however, will present 250 photographs—many never-before-seen—taken in faraway countries, along with several travel-related short films. Together, they demonstrate his knack for tapping into the local spirit, wherever he may be. dallascontemporary.org


London Design Festival

Founded 13 years ago, the London Design Festival is bigger than ever. Concentrated in seven predetermined Design Districts (the oldest, Brompton Design District, will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year), the programming includes a series of specially commissioned public artworks, several fairs and related events, a collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, and hundreds of other initiatives expected to result in nonstop design action. londondesignfestival.com

Sept. 14
Barbican X Bocci
Barbican Centre
Vancouver- and Berlin-based design firm Bocci, known for its elaborate lighting installations, was commissioned by Barbican Centre, a massive conference and performance venue in central London, to design a piece for its foyer. The completed work, “44,” consists of 300 free-poured aluminum elements that hang from the ceiling. barbican.org.uk

Sept. 20-25
Lee Broom presents “Opticality”
Shoreditch
One of Britain’s most celebrated designers, Lee Broom will transform his store’s interior to complement the retail debut of his Optical lighting collection, which received enthusiastic praise at Milan Design Week in April. The collection channels the monochromatic patterns and hard angles of 1960s Op Art, and the space will reflect that aesthetic. leebroom.com

Sept. 22-25
DesignJunction
King’s Cross
The multi-hyphenate DesignJunction has become a fixture on the LDF scene, often a destination for insiders who want to meet and mingle in a relaxed atmosphere. This year, for the first time, it will take place within the historic, formerly industrial King’s Cross locale. Four hubs include a furniture and lighting fair, a pop-up store offering an array of luxury brands, and two public art and design installations. thedesignjunction.co.uk


A circa 1950s portrait of Vladimir Kagan sitting in his signature Barrel chair. (Photo: Courtesy Carpenters Workshop Gallery)

A circa 1950s portrait of Vladimir Kagan sitting in his signature Barrel chair. (Photo: Courtesy Carpenters Workshop Gallery)

Sept. 20-Oct. 29
Tribute to Vladimir Kagan at Carpenters Workshop Gallery
New York
Kagan was working on a show for the gallery before his passing, at age 88, this past April. In its place, the gallery will present a tribute to the 20th century design icon that will feature his new works alongside archival material and other early designs that offer insight to his aesthetic and process. As Kagan always named his creations after family members, this show will be titled “Annecy,” after his second-youngest granddaughter.
carpentersworkshopgallery.com

Sept. 21
Premiere of “Processions” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Washington, D.C.
Though his retrospective at Fondazione Prada will be up through Sept. 25, Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates’s attention long ago turned to his next major project: a four-part performance series that explores African American culture, especially music and dance. It’s set to roll out over the next year at the Hirshhorn. The premiere also coincides with the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, designed by David Adjaye, on Sept. 24. hirshhorn.si.edu

Sept. 22-25
Vienna Contemporary
Vienna
Helmed by artistic director Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt since it launched in 2012, the fair has become the largest in Central and Eastern Europe showing contemporary art. This year’s edition will feature special sections on Nordic art, as well as art from the area around Albania and what was formerly Yugoslavia, curated with the aim to illuminate the history of the contested land. The section Zone1 comprises 10 galleries showcasing lesser known, younger artists from the region; multimedia artist Evelyn Loschy and robotics artist Leo Peschta look especially promising. viennacontemporary.at

Sept. 22-25
Expo Chicago
Chicago
For the fifth time, Expo Chicago returns to the city’s historic Navy Pier (which is coincidentally celebrating its 100th anniversary this year). Featuring local galleries alongside participants from nearly 50 other cities, the event has made significant headway in supporting and stimulating Chicago’s art scene. Expo Art Week, the result of a partnership with the city’s tourism and cultural affairs board, aims to get the greater Chicago area involved. expochicago.com

Sept. 28 - Oct 2
Architecture & Design Film Festival
New York
The eighth Architecture & Design Film Festival will include more than 30 features and short films. Among the most anticipated screenings is a documentary on the Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, whose story is revealed through the eyes of his son, as the younger Saarinen visits his father’s landmark structures, including the St. Louis Gateway Arch. Supplemented with a program of talks and panels, it all goes down at Cinépolis Chelsea. adfilmfest.com

At last year's Beaux Arts Ball, an installation by Moorhead & Moorhead. (Photo: Leandro Viana)

At last year's Beaux Arts Ball, an installation by Moorhead & Moorhead. (Photo: Leandro Viana)

Sept. 30
The Architectural League of New York’s Beaux Arts Ball
Brooklyn, New York
The Met Ball for architects is back again, and this time the theme is “Tabula Rasa.” The proverbial blank slate is very much reflected in the venue, A/D/O, a new shared workspace specifically for designers, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Filling in the space will be installations by the Rhode Island-based firm Ultramoderne, and light projections by the New York-based creative direction company Wild Dogs. archleague.org

Installation view of Sarah Oppenheimer's "33-D" (2014) at Kunsthaus Baselland, Switzerland. (Photo: Courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami)

Installation view of Sarah Oppenheimer's "33-D" (2014) at Kunsthaus Baselland, Switzerland. (Photo: Courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami)

Sept. 30-April 30, 2017
“Sarah Oppenheimer: S-281913” at the Pérez Art Museum Miami
Miami
Known for sculptural works that often riff on the architecture of a given space, Oppenheimer will debut her most recent project, commissioned by the Herzog & de Meuron-designed PAMM, on the museum’s second floor. Comprising two rotating panes of glass, it’s situated so as to simultaneously confuse and illuminate the slits in the ceiling that let in natural light (a signature of the architecture firm), and PAMM’s view of Biscayne Bay. pamm.org


LOOKING AHEAD: OCTOBER

Oct. 7-9
Chinati Weekend 2016: 30th Anniversary Celebration
Marfa, Texas
Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation will host a weekend-long celebration to mark its three decades as the lynchpin of the rural, storied art world destination. chinati.org

Oct. 5-9
Design Week Mexico
Mexico City
Held annually since 2009, Design Week Mexico aims to support local design initiatives, in part by collaborating with major organizations around the world. designweekmexico.com

Thomas Struth's "Cinema, Anaheim" (2013). (Photo: Thomas Struth)

Thomas Struth's "Cinema, Anaheim" (2013). (Photo: Thomas Struth)

Oct. 16-Jan. 8, 2017
“Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics” at the High Museum of Art
Atlanta, Georgia
The show will be the American debut of the 30 photographs in which the German photographer depicts technology and “manufactured landscapes” around the world. high.org

Oct. 18
Storm King Art Center’s Annual Gala
New York
The sculpture park in New York’s Hudson Valley will hold its benefit gala at The Rainbow Room, the iconic restaurant atop 30 Rock. Sculptor and architect Maya Lin is this year’s honoree. stormking.org

Oct. 19
Spencer Bailey in Conversation with David Adjaye
New York
Surface’s editor-in-chief will speak with the Tanzanian-born architect, whose design for the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture will have just debuted. 92y.org

Oct. 20-23
Outsider Art Fair Paris 2016
Paris
Showcasing art by people who, for any number of reasons, produced work outside of the mainstream art world, the fair will return to Hôtel du Duc with 38 exhibitors. outsiderartfair.com