From July 18 until September 13, 2020, The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC presents Design by Time, an exhibition with work from 22 international designers portraying time and its dynamic effects on fashion, furniture, textiles, vessels, and more.
Representing an international field, the designers in the exhibition go beyond the conventional intention of design—to give functional objects a visually arresting reality. Their analytic, formal processes are partnered with natural phenomena, chemical, and physical forces, while time-based acts such as performance and drawing are magnified to serve as collaborators in the design.
Image: Sebastian Brajkovic, “Lathe V Chair” (2008); Bronze, embroidered upholstery 39 3/8 x 38 3/16 x 23 1/4 inches (100 x 97 x 59 cm) © Collection Museum of Arts and Design, New York
With work by Dutch Designers: Atelier Mark Sturkenboom; Maarten Baas; Sebastian Brajkovic; Glithero; Edhv; Diana Scherer; and Jólan van der Wiel.
Also featuring work by: Auger-Loizeau; BeatWoven; Hussein Chalayan; Architects of Identity; Front; Marlène Huissoud; Humans since 1982; William Lamson; Mathieu Lehanneur; mischer’traxler studio; Jacob Olmedo; Sebastian Cox Workshop; Studio for Industrial Design; Bartholomäus Traubeck; Nicole Wermers; and Ryan Mario Yasin.
Image: Diana Scherer, “Exercises in Rootsystem Domestication #25” (2018); Woven plantroots from oats 123 x 42 cm (48 ¼ x 16 ⅜ inches) © Courtesy Diana Scherer
Design by Time is touring through the United States and was previously presented at Pratt Institute Galleries in New York; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN; College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OH; and the Gregg Museum of Art and Design, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Following the presentation at Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC, the exhibition will travel to the Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA from January 23 until April 25, 2021.
Design by Time is organized by the Department of Exhibitions, Pratt institute, Brooklyn, New York, and is curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2 / curatorsquared.
This exhibition and companion publication are supported in part by a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL, and as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.
Image: Maarten Baas, “Smoke Chandelier” (2002); Burned wood, epoxy finish Height: 21 3/4 inches (55cm); diameter: 25 1/2 inches (65 cm) © Courtesy Moooi
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Columbia Museum of Art will organize three public events:
How Beautiful Design Thinking May Just Save the World
Saturday, July 18 | 4:00 p.m.
Putting the new exhibition Design by Time in broader perspective, Curator Catherine Walworth discusses the landscape of international design exhibitions, the idea of obsolescence, and how beauty is the missing ingredient if we’re going to solve anything. This lecture highlights several designers who focus on the environment in elegantly surprising ways or who harness the power of nature to create objects. Walworth will be present in the chat to answer any questions. Free.
Be on the CMA’s Facebook page at 4:00 p.m. to see the video. If you have liked the CMA’s page, you will be alerted when the video starts in Facebook’s notifications.
Image: Edhv, Architects of Identity, “Time Writers” (2010); Ancient wood, charcoal, paper 23 3/8 x 16 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (59.4 x 42 x 19 cm) (variable) © Courtesy Edhv, Architects of Identity
Designing Devices & Imagining Contraptions
Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Summer Camp: Ages 7 – 9
Challenging their imaginations during a week of invention and kinetic artmaking, campers learn how to create new work using recycled materials with inspiration from the Design by Time exhibition and ideas from artists who use media in unusual ways.
Instructor: Wilson Bame
$175 / $140 for Solo Members and above. Join today!
Image: Glithero, “Blueware Tiles” (2011); Ceramics with cyanotypes of urban weeds 78 3/4 x 110 1/4 inches (200 x 280 cm) © Courtesy Glithero
On the Anthropocene with Dr. Z
Wednesday, July 29 | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Climate scientist Dr. Lori Ziolkowski — Dr. Z, as her students call her — explores the Anthropocene, the current geologic time period in which humans are the dominant influence on climate and the environment, and how it relates to the fascinating art in the exhibition Design by Time. How might we best manage these interacting systems of people and nature to ensure a sustainable future? Ziolkowski will be present in the chat to answer any questions. Free.
An associate professor in the School of the Earth, Ocean and the Environment at the University of South Carolina, Ziolkowski researches climate change in the polar regions and environmental issues closer to home. Her research efforts have included field expeditions in Antarctica as well as several Arctic locations. Dr. Z is dedicated to engaging people in the greater Columbia area on issues such as climate change, passionately sharing her knowledge through teaching science majors and non-majors alike and regularly giving talks in the community. She is currently chair of the City of Columbia’s Climate Protection Action Committee, helping shape the path for our transition to a future of renewable energy.