Closing April 26 San Francisco Graphic Design 2009, San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, San Francisco, featuring work from Philippe Becker, Volume Inc., Chen Design Associates, Chronicle Books, Jennifer Jerde/Elixir Design, Jennifer Bostic/Paper Plane Studio, Christopher Simmons/MINE, Cinthia Wen/NOON, and many others.
Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Grand Scale: Monumental Prints in the Age of Dürer and Titian, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Just opened Evolution: Five Decades of Printmaking by David C. Driskell, High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Closing May 3 The Quick and the Dead, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut
Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now, International Center of Photography, New York.
Is 2009 the Year of Fashion? The folks at the International Center of Photography certainly think so. They’ve programmed a slate of six photography exhibitions that will rotate throughout the year. Fashion photography, in particular, has been a “shockingly understudied subject,” says co-curator Carol Squiers, because museums are reluctant to feature work they don’t consider “art.” As a corrective, Squiers and guest curator Vince Aletti are looking at a broader cultural context, including editorial and promotional photography. Work from current stars such as Steven Meisel and Tim Walker will be displayed.
Closing May 8 Wall Stories: Children’s Wallpapers and Books, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York.
Closing May 10 Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Ads From the Past – Coca-Cola, The Eisner, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through June 3
The Photographs of Homer Page: The Guggenheim Year, New York, 1949–50, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, through June 7
The Book Borrowers: Contemporary Artists Transforming the Book, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington, through June 14
European Design Since 1985, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, through June 21
Fashioning Felt, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York, through September 7
The Psychedelic Experience: Rock Posters from the San Francisco Bay Area, 1965-71, Denver Art Museum, through July 19
Icograda World Design Congress 2009, Beijing, China, October 24 – 30