New York’s Finest
Vanessa Friedman of The New York Times has crowned Thom Browne’s fall 2017 show, which was dominated by black-and-white, menswear-inspired pieces, as the best of New York Fashion Week. She praised the collection as “the kind of show that reminds you why there are shows in the first place—why we go, and why anyone should care.”
[The New York Times]
France awarded the inaugural AWARE prize, a distinction reserved for female artists, to Laetitia Badaut Haussmann and Judit Reigl. “Invisible for too long, put in the background, ignored, women artists must find in the twenty-first century their place in all the artistic disciplines,” said French culture minister Audrey Azoulay when announcing the recipients.
[The Art Newspaper]
Newark’s New Dawn
The first phase of a redevelopment plan in Newark, New Jersey, masterminded by architect Richard Meier, has been completed. The new complex, called the Teachers Village, has facilities for three charter schools and 206 residential units for local teachers.
After only 10 months at the Brooklyn Museum, curator Nancy Spector will return to her former institution, the Guggenheim Museum. She will be the museum’s artistic director and chief curator, a wide-ranging role in which she will oversee “conceptual and strategic leadership of collections, exhibitions, and curatorial programs” for both the New York institution and its international branches.
Made in China
Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled renderings of a mixed-use building in Beijing, which will feature the tallest atrium in the world. The building is currently under construction, and is slated to be completed in 2018.
Detroit by Design
The Detroit Creative Corridor Center, which, in 2015, succeeded in attaining a UNESCO City of Design designation, will launch a new economic development and civic-engagement plan to further support the city’s creative industries. “This initiative is a huge opportunity for Detroit to distinguish itself from other design cities by focusing on removing barriers to opportunity in Detroit’s creative industries and creating a benefit for the entire community,” said Katy Locker, a program director for the foundation funding the program. (See our gallery of poems and images dedicated to Detroit here.)
[The Knight Foundation]