HBL Exhibitions: Man Made

Friday, 1 April 2011

Stephen Burks: Man Made

The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, is currently hosting 'Stephen Burks: Man Made', an exhibition which presents a retrospective of the American industrial designer's work with Senegalese basket-weavers in New York and Dakar, alongside his projects with artisans in Peru, India and South Africa. During the show, the museum is also functioning as  a workshop, and visitors will see local artisans and basket-weavers bringing Stephen Burks' designs to life.

The premise of Burks' work richly corresponds with our A/W 12/13 macrotrend, Hyperculture: "Discard singular ethnicity in favour of multiple origins and influences, sewing the seeds for an aesthetic revolution. Between cultures, genres, media and timelines lies the raw material for this infinitely versatile trend."

Man Made is Burks' first solo exhibition in New York and is accompanied by a monograph of his recent projects. Studio Museum describe the designer's approach as "a singular vision of making, a vision committed to the expansive notion of design as an authentic basis for the production of culture in a contemporary, global context."

The show runs until June 26, 2011 at Studio Museum, 144 West 125th Street, New York 10027.