Design Dispatch

Our daily look at the world through the lens of design.

"Untitled" (2009) by artist Kerry James Marshall. (Image: University of Louisville Library)

Collegiate Honors

Kerry James Marshall and Faith Ringgold are among this year’s recipients of the College Art Association’s Awards of Distinction. Ringgold was recognized for lifetime achievement, while Marshall was awarded for “Mastry,” a traveling exhibition overseen by curator Helen Molesworth.

Fluid Fashion

British designer Vivienne Westwood debuted a gender-bending collection, shown on both male and female models, at London Fashion Week Men’s. “Identities constantly shape-shift, and there can be so many sides to any one character, without necessarily ever really being yourself,” Westwood said.
[The New York Times]


Artists Laurie Anderson and Lawrence Weiner have won the 2017 Wolf Prize for achievement in the arts. They were chosen for the $100,000 award “for the radicalism and avant-garde at the core of their work, and for inspiring generations to come,” according to the Wolf Foundation.

Movable Feast

Louis Vuitton’s head designer, Nicolas Ghesquière, will present the brand’s 2018 cruise collection in Japan. The move speaks to a larger trend of fashion houses abandoning the traditional show conventions as social media and online shopping transform the industry.

Demanding Recognition

Politicians, artists, and others are calling for a Smithsonian-associated national women’s museum.“Women are over 50 percent of America, yet the exhibits and statues attributing success to women are minuscule,” said Jane Abraham, chairman of the Women’s History Congressional Commission.
[The Creators Project]

Public Works

A new plinth in New York’s High Line park will feature a rotating slate of large-scale artworks. Finalists for the first installation, which is likely to debut in 2018, include artists Haim Steinbach, Jeremy Deller, and Simone Leigh.
[The New York Times]

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