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In Canada Goose Stores, a World-Class Trove of Inuit Art
Canada Goose has been acquiring and displaying art in its stores since 2016. The outerwear brand has acquired more than 500 artworks, primarily made by lesser-known Canadian talents seeking a platform, and now sports the world’s largest retail collection of Inuit art thanks to a partnership with curation firm Namara.
On display in the brand’s Montreal store, for example, are Ningiukulu Teevee’s pen-and-ink drawings of a walrus staring up at the sky, reflecting the intimacy the Inuit people share with animals they rely on for sustenance but also believe to be spirits. The brand has also launched Project Atigi, where it taps Inuit designers to craft parkas that blend traditional craftsmanship techniques with high-tech materials and that benefit Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, a nonprofit that advocates for Inuit communities. —Ryan Waddoups
Pelli Clarke & Partners wraps up construction on Mitikah, Mexico City’s tallest building.
Pelli Clarke & Partners has wrapped up construction on Mitikah, an 876-foot-tall symmetrical, glass-clad skyscraper that’s now the tallest in Mexico City. To better connect the 62-floor building with its surroundings of single-family homes and low-rises, the firm incorporated a series of canopies that create a graduated entry and emphasizes the connection between the tower and the sky through a focal point on its north and south sides. The tower was originally commissioned in 2007 as part of a master plan also designed by Pelli Clarke & Partners, but a new developer changed the master plan completely in 2015.
SFMOMA acquires its first-ever NFT, a clip taken from a Lynn Hershman Leeson film.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has acquired its first NFT, a work titled Final Transformation #2 (2022) taken from a clip of Lynn Hershman Leeson’s 1997 film Conceiving Ada. “This visionary film about the legacy of Ada Lovelace, a mathematician who wrote the very first computer program in the 19th century, was made nearly 30 years ago but resonates today with the idea of NFTs,” Rudolf Frieling, curator of media arts at SFMOMA, said in a statement. One of two existing editions of the work was donated to SFMOMA to be auctioned in the museum’s 2022 Art Bash Auction, an annual live auction that raises money for the institution’s education and community programming. The NFT was acquired alongside 62 other works, including pieces by Wayne Thiebaud, Sky Hopinka, and Cindy Sherman, 18 of which came from artists who hadn’t previously been represented at the museum.
Apple delays the debut of its AR glasses and plans a cheaper mixed-reality headset.
Apple still plans to unveil its first mixed-reality headset this year, but a more crucial follow-up product—lightweight AR glasses—has been postponed due to technical challenges. The company hoped to release the AR glasses after debuting its mixed-reality headset, which combines both AR and VR, but postponed that plan. Instead, Apple will debut a lower-cost version of the mixed-reality headset in 2024 or early 2025. The mixed-reality device’s hefty $3,000 price tag also poses a challenge, but Apple aims to make it cheaper by using chips on par with those in the iPhone rather than components found in higher-end Mac computers.
The entirely mirror-clad Invisible House in Joshua Tree hits the market for $18 million.
The Invisible House in Joshua Tree, a Netflix-famous home known for its mirror-clad exterior that reflects the desert landscape, has hit the market for $18 million. Designed by Tomas Osinski and its owner, film producer Chris Hanley, the 5,500-square-foot house appears to vanish within its surroundings thanks to exterior mirrors that serve as floor-to-ceiling windows inside. (They face west for optimal desert sunset views.) According to its website, the house sits on the largest privately owned piece of land bordering Joshua Tree National Park.
A local artist honors the unhoused woman hosed down by a San Francisco art dealer.
Courtney Desiree Morris, an artist, writer, and professor staged a 75-minute-long performance outside Foster Gwin Gallery in San Francisco, where the gallery’s head, Collier Gwin, recently hosed down an unhoused Black woman known as “Q” on the sidewalk. In a work titled We are a long-memoried people, Morris spread soapy water where the woman was sprayed and scrubbed the ground with a broom, reciting “No one is trash. No one is disposable. Don’t let this capitalism simulation fool you—owning property doesn’t make you more valuable.” Morris explained her performance originated from watching her grandmother sing while she scrubbed the front porch. She also tied a red scarf to the place where Q was hosed, saying there needed to be a visual marker of the “violence” that took place there.
The dress code for this year’s Met Gala pays homage to late couturier Karl Lagerfeld.
The 2023 Met Gala will pay tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, a polymath designer who put even the most focused multitaskers to shame. The gala’s theme, “In Honor of Karl,” lets guests salute one of fashion’s all-time greats. Lagerfeld designed for a multitude of houses—Balmain, Patou, Chloé, Fendi, Chanel, and his eponymous brand—giving guests a trove of materials, eras, and aesthetics to mine. They can choose to wear an archival look from one of the labels Lagerfeld-led, modern-day Chanel or Fendi, or to find their own Choupette and dress like the couturier himself. Shortly after the theme was announced, the gala’s co-chairs were revealed to be Penélope Cruz, Michaela Coel, Dua Lipa, and Roger Federer.