Design Dispatch

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Thiago Martins de Melo's "Martyrdom" (2014) installed in the exhibition "New Shamans/Novos Xamãs: ​Brazilian Artists" currently on view at the Rubell Family Collection.

Family Business

The Rubell Family Collection announced that it is building a new 100,000-square-foot home on two-and-a-half acres in Miami’s Allapattah District. The publicly accessible private museum will move into the new Selldorf Architects-designed space in 2018. It’s current location, a former DEA warehouse renovated by Shulman + Associates in the Wynwood neighborhood, has been put up for sale.
[New York Times]

Staffing up in Detroit

The Detroit Institute of Arts has appointed Laurie Ann Farrell to lead its contemporary art department. Farrell comes to DIA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she organized exhibitions of work by Carrie Mae Weems, Alfredo Jaar, and Xu Bing, among other artists. The move comes as DIA has placed new emphasis on contemporary art in its exhibition program.
[Detroit Free Press]

House Divided

Zaha Hadid’s onetime heir apparent, Patrik Schumacher, publicly clashed with the firm she founded over his calls for the privatization of public space and other controversial views. The rift came after Schumacher presented an eight-point plan for the city of London at this year’s World Architecture Festival. “Patrik Schumacher’s ‘urban policy manifesto’ does not reflect Zaha Hadid Architects’ past—and will not be our future,” read a statement released by the firm.
[The Architect’s Newspaper]

Moving on Down

Developer Larry Silverstein and his wife, Klara, like the developer’s new Robert A.M. Stern-designed building so much, they’re moving in. The longtime Park Avenue residents have acquired a $34 million penthouse on the 80th floor of the newly completed 30 Park Place in Lower Manhattan.
[Wall Street Journal]

Power Couple

Brett Gorvy, international head of postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s, announced he will be leaving the auction house to become a private dealer. He has teamed up with gallerist Dominique Lévy to form Lévy Gorvy, a partnership that promises to be a formidable new force in the art world.
[Artnet News]

Everything Is Illuminated

A team lead by U.S. artist Leo Villareal has won London’s Illuminated River competition, a contest to design a light installation for the Thames River’s bridges. Villareal’s previous work includes a lighting display on the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Commenting on the win, the artist said, “Our aim is for a lighting masterplan which reduces pollution and wasted energy, is sensitive to history and ecology, and subtly rebalances the ambient lighting on the river.”

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