2 December 2020

Design is in the Air!

I Dissent: Amplifier Talks About Designing for Change
Hosted by MODA (Museum of Art and Design Atlanta), a talk by Cleo Barnett, Executive Director of, a design lab that works with community to build symbols, language, and distribution strategies that can change the national narrative.

Register here

1—4 December 2020


Magical Riso

The fourth edition of the biennial ‘Magical Riso’ conference takes place online this year.

Twenty leading Riso artists and designers will be interviewed by ‘bibliophile / zinester’ Christopher Kardambikis and the event is again hosted by the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht.

14:30–17:30 CET (Central European Time). Join via Zoom with password.

See “Risoholics of the world unite!’ on the Eye blog.

3—7 December 2020

Addis Foto Fest, sixth edition
The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organised by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.


to 3 January 2021


Anette Lenz: à propos
In Lenz’s first large-scale exhibition in Germany, her graphic works transform the spaces into immersive graphic worlds that turn visual communication into a sensual poetic and thought-provoking experience.
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Schaumainkai 17, 60594 Frankfurt, Germany

Tue & Thur to Sun 10 am–6 pm; Wed 10 am–8 pm

Photos: Jan Middendorp.

See ‘Fill the white space’ on the Eye blog.

À propros. Anette Lenz in Frankfurt

to 3 January 2021

RA Summer Exhibition

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
The annual exhibition of art at London’s Royal Academy, this year slightly delayed into the Autumn. Coordinated by artistic duo Jane and Louise Wilson RA. 
Royal Academy, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET, UK

to 10 January 2021

Kai Althoff goes with Bernard Leach

Kai Althoff goes with Bernard Leach
Whitechapel Gallery presents the first major UK survey of figurative painter and creator of poetic mise-en-scenes, Kai Althoff (b. 1966 Cologne, Germany; lives and works in New York, USA and Cologne, Germany). The exhibition brings together more than 130 works spanning Althoff’s career, from childhood drawings and photographs to textiles, sculptural installations and new paintings, presented as part of three immersive environments.
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX, UK

Above: Kai Althoff, View of Kai Althoff, Michael Werner Gallery, London, 2014.

to 10 January 2021


Hey We Are

Exibition of the work of Barcelona graphic design studio Hey.

Centre d’Art la Panera, Pl. de la Panera, 2 25002 Lleida, Catalonia


to 10 January 2021

Ed van der Elksen, Rijksmuseum

Ed van der Elsken: Crazy World
An exhibition focusing on a personal archive that sheds new light on the most celebrated twentieth-century photographer in the Netherlands.
Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, the Netherlands

to 10 January 2021

Woman at Work by Margaret Calvert and Jealous Gallery & Print Studios

Margaret Calvert: Woman at Work
With a career spanning six decades, graphic designer Margaret Calvert has produced timeless work that we see everywhere — whether it is the design of the UK’s road signing system, with Jock Kinneir, way finding at railway stations and airports, or the typeface used on the website, with Henrik Kubel, her work shapes much of our national visual identity. This display marks the launch of Network Rail’s new customised typeface, Rail Alphabet 2, designed by her in close collaboration with Henrik Kubel.
the Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 6AG, UK

See ‘Britain’s signature’ in Eye 71. 

Above: Margaret Calvert, Jealous Gallery & Print Studios, Woman at Work.

to 11 January 2021

Architecture for Dogs

Architecture for Dogs
An exhibition that features the works of celebrated architects and designers including Ban Shigeru, Kuma Kengo, Itō Toyō, Sou Fujimoto, Atelier Bow-Wow and Ma Yang Song amongst others. Each of the works offers guests a light-hearted and insightful exploration into architecture and design that can be joyful for both dogs and their human companions.
Japan House, 101-111 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA, UK

to 15 January 2021

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Remembering Milton Glaser, Class of 1951

Celebrating the work of legendary graphic designer and Cooper Union alumnus Milton Glaser (see interviews in Eye 100 and Eye 25).

This window display exhibition features 25 Glaser designs, including posters for Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, his Grand Union identity, branding for Brooklyn Brewery and the design of New York Magazine, which he co-founded in 1968.

Address: 4th Avenue colonnade of The Cooper Union’s Foundation Building at 7 East 7th Street, New York

to 17 January 2021

Fondation Dubuffet, Paysage aux Argus

Jean Dubuffet
Spanning more than four decades in the studio, this exhibition brings together powerful work by the French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985). This show is the first in the UK in more than 50 years, highlighting Dubuffet’s radicalism as he experimented with materials.
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS, UK

Above: Jean Dubuffet, Paysage aux Argus (Landscape with Argus, 1955. Courtesy of Fondation Dubuffet, Paris. 

to 21 January 2021


Op Art in Focus
Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 4BB, UK

Above: Walter Leblanc, Mobilo Static, 1960 © Estate of Walter Leblanc.

to 24 January 2021

From Here to Eternity: Sunil Gupta, a Retrospective

From Here to Eternity, Sunil Gupta: A Retrospective
‘From Here to Eternity’ is the first major retrospective of UK based photographer, Sunil Gupta (b. 1953, New Delhi India) and offers a complex and layered view of Gupta’s unique transcontinental photographic vision.
The Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW, UK

to 24 January 2021


Dóra Maurer
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK

Above: Dóra Maurer Relative Quasi Image 1996 © Dóra Maurer Photo: Vintage Galéria / András Bozsó.

to 31 January 2021

Sadik Alfraji, Sing like the Southerners Do, 2019, sound-drawing installation. Courtesy the artist.

In the Presence of Absence
In the Presence of Absence shows a selection of artworks and design projects that challenge the idea of collective knowledge and public consciousness through stories that remain unseen, have been ignored or may be told more often within large public institutions.
Stedelijk Museum, Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Above: Sadik Alfraji, Sing like the Southerners Do, 2019.

to 21 February 2021


Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror
Filling almost 30,000 combined square feet across the two venues, this double exhibition contains nearly 500 works. It is the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to Johns, creating an opportunity to highlight not only his well known masterpieces but also many works that have never been exhibited publicly. This two-venue exhibition follows a loose chronological order from the 1950s to the present.
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, US
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130, US

Above: Jasper Johns, Summer, 1985

to 7 February 2021

Plakatmotiv Piktogramme LHM 2020

Pictograms, Signs of Life, Emojis: Society of Signs
This exhibition explores questions around the considerations, objectives, and hopes that are linked to the development of the modern language of images, such as emojis.
Leopold Hoesch Museum & Paper Museum Düren, Hoeschplatz 1, 52349 Düren, Germany

to 14 February 2021

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The Swiss Grid
The Swiss Grid explores the development and impact of the International Typographic Style, considered one of the most important movements in graphic design history, through a selection of posters and ephemera.
Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011, US

Above: Karl Gerstner & Markus Kutter, Citroën, 1958


to 14 February 2021


The Sleeping Giant: Posters & The Chinese Economy
An exhibition exploring China’s economic relationship with the world through poster design.
Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011, US

Above: Yang Jiabao & Cai Sheng, Cultural Revolution Glows, 1972

to 14 February 2021

The Chemical Brothers - Got To Keep On Sensory spectacle by Smith & Lyall. Photo by Felix Speller

Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers
Evoking the experience of being in a club, the exhibition will transport you through the people, art, design, technology and photography that have been shaping the electronic music landscape.
the Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 6AG, UK. 

Above: The Chemical Brothers, Got To Keep On, sensory spectacle by Smith & Lyall. Photo by Felix Speller.

to 19 February 2021

As Not For in Boston

As, Not For: Dethroning Our Absolutes
‘As, Not For’ is an incomplete historical survey of work created by African-American graphic designers over the last century. These practitioners are absent in too many classroom lectures, and their methods mostly invisible or uncredited in the field. Curated by Jerome Harris in collaboration with Mary Yang and BU Graphic Design Students.
Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery, 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, US

Read Silas Munro’s article ‘The critique goes on’, in Eye 100.

to 21 February 2021

Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights

Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights
From bodily autonomy and the right to education, to self-expression and protest, this new exhibition explores how feminist activism in the UK has its roots in the complex history of women’s rights. With social and racial inequalities thrown into sharp relief by recent world events, join the debate and add your voice to the many fighting for a fairer world.
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, UK

to 22 February 2021

Henri Matisse, La Blouse roumaine, 1940

Matisse, like a novel
To mark the 150th anniversary of Henri Matisse’s birth (1869-1954),
the Centre Pompidou pays tribute to the artist through the exhibition
‘Matisse, like a novel’, featuring over 230 works, 70 documents
and archives.
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France

Above: Henri Matisse, La Blouse roumaine, 1940.

to 26 February 2020

A—Z Time for Books

Time for books

Until Christmas A—Z will be open on Thurdays 13:00—19:00 as well as most days Monday–Thursday during office hours.

Stay safe, grab a book!

A—Z Gallery, Torstr. 93, 10119 Berlin-Mitte, Germany

to 27 February 2021

Art Deco by the Sea

Art Deco by the Sea
The show celebrates iconic examples of seaside architecture, from hotels and apartment blocks, to piers, cinemas and lidos, and reveals how Art Deco became the key style for pleasure, leisure and entertainment.

Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG

Mon-Sat 10am-4.30pm

This exhibition has been developed by The Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Watch a short film about the exhibition.

to 28 February 2021


Otl Aicher. Metro Bilbao. Architecture and Landscape
The largest exhibition to date spotlighting German graphic designer Otl Aicher, with more than 200 works and projects from the HfG-Archiv Ulm (Germany).
Museo Bilbao, Museo Plaza 2, 48009 Bilbao, Spain

to 28 February 2021

Leila Alaoui: Rite of Passage

Leila Alaoui: Rite of Passage
This exhibition is the first major UK retrospective of works by Leila Alaoui, a celebrated French-Moroccan photographer who died tragically at the age of 33 from injuries incurred during a terrorist attack in Burkina Faso in 2016, while working on a photography project for a women’s rights campaign for Amnesty International. The exhibition opens in collaboration with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair and showcases striking large-scale photography and video work created by Alaoui between 2008 and 2015.
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, UK

to 28 March 2021

Beazley’s Designs of the Year

Beazley Designs of the Year
Discover the most innovative designs across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design, as nominated by the public and design experts from around the world.
the Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG, UK

to 11 April 2021

Hiroshi Sugimoto ​with your back to the earth

Hiroshi Sugimoto: With Your Back to the Earth
The eighteenth Rolla Foundation exhibition features the famous Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto (Tokyo, 1948) and his remarkable Seascapes. Active since the mid-1970s, he took the first picture in the seascape series in 1980 and continues to photograph seas and skies the world over.
la Stráda Végia (ex via Municipio), 6837 Bruzella Switzerland

Above: Hiroshi Sugimoto, South Pacific Ocean, Waihau, 1990.

to 30 April 2021

Tillage: John Newling

Tillage: John Newling
This exhibition features works spanning Newling’s 40 year career, including new work responding to society’s need to evolve in the face of the climate emergency, and living through the global pandemic.
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Ln, Ditchling, Hassocks BN6 8SP, UK

to 11 May 2021

MAD_An uncertain spring

An Uncertain Spring
‘An uncertain spring’ mixes disciplines and generations, is an exhibition which delivers by sensitive touch the intimacy of this uncertain moment which was for some, the time to take up the pen, to reactivate dormant projects, to create objects of relief for the public, everyday objects for the private sphere.
Decorative Arts Museum, 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Above: Alexandre Benjamin Navet, View from the Terrace n°1. Crayon à l’huile et pastel sur papier, 2020. © Grégory Copitet.



Ongoing 2020


Langlands and Bell: Degrees of Truth (Online) 
For over four decades, Langlands & Bell’s work has explored the complex web of relationships linking people and architecture and the coded systems of communication and exchange we use to negotiate a fast changing technological world. Their art ranges from film, video and digital media projects to sculpture, installation, and full-scale architecture.
Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP, UK


Ruben Pater of Untold Stories at Insights 2020

Ruben Pater of Untold Stories at Insights 2020
Focusing on the ethics of design, this lecture discusses the unspoken realities of designers working remotely across the globe, and from there dives into social and political issues such as climate change, surveillance, and affordable housing. 

See Peter Buwert’s ‘Design’s ugly truths’, a review of Ruben Pater’s The Politics of Design, in Eye 93. 



MODA Online
The Museum of Design Atlanta has launched a range of online classes, workshops and meetups for both young and adult designers, as well as a series of online sessions, titled ‘Drink in Design’, with a range of creatives who will talk you through their work and career paths. 


Ana Mendieta Untitled (Silueta Series, Iowa) 1979

Whitney: Art History from Home
While the Museum is temporarily closed, the Whitney is offering range of online resources and events centred around American art of the twentieth century. 

Above: Ana Mendieta, Untitled (Silueta Series, Iowa), 1979.



Design Interview 10Q
A series of design talks – with Matteo Bologna, Erik Brandt, Dafi Kühne, Thomas Kronbichler and Niklaus Troxler, with more to come – curated by graphic designer Fabio Mario Rizzotti. You can watch the interviews on the @designinterview10q IGTV and YouTube channel. 

See ‘Sticks in the mind’ in Eye 69. 



Virtual tour of ‘Léon Spilliaert’
This exhibition showcases some 80 works on paper – from images of Spilliaert’s home town and the coast, to later works capturing the tranquillity of the forest outside Brussels. You can explore these works online in this video tour.

This is an online stream, you can view here.



Poster House: Poster History videos
Videos on New York’s Poster House IGTV are hosted by curator Angelina Lippert. Subjects have included psychedelic posters, Paula Scher’s Public Theater poster and works by Armin Hofmann. 

See ‘Reputations: Paula Scher’ in Eye 77. 


MoMI View from Home

Museum of the Moving Image: View from home
The Museum of the Moving Image are continuing to expand their online releases with titles including Pedro Costa's award-winning Vitalina Varela, the 2020 Academy Award nominee Corpus Christi, and Brett Story's prescient documentary The Hottest August.



Warhol at Home
To share the Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern with you, the exhibition’s curators Gregor Muir and Fiontán Moran give a video tour to discuss Warhol through the lens of the immigrant story, his LGBTQI identity and concerns with death and religion. See more about the exhibition here

See ‘Pop justice’ on the Eye blog.

Above: Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1986, 



Letterform Archive Online
The Letterform Archive have made their Online Archive public access. You can now enjoy unprecedented virtual access to nearly 1,500 objects and 9,000 hi-fi images (and counting!) from their collection.

See ‘Access all areas’ by Claire Mason on the Eye blog.



TBC 2020

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New Old: Designing for our Future Selves
This exhibition examines how innovation and design can reimagine how we live the later stages of our lives. Set against a backdrop of radical demographic change, the exhibition looks at how design can help people lead fuller, healthier and more rewarding lives into old age, asking the question: how can designers meet the challenge of a rapidly ageing society?
Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011, US

Above: Yves Béhar, Superflex Aura Power Suit, 2017. 

Ongoing 2020

Schaukelwagen (“Rocking Car”), design: Hans Brockhage, manufacturer: Siegfried Lenz, Berggießhübel bei Pirna, 1950

Everyday Life: GDR
Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR, Erich-Weinert-Allee 3
15890 Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany

Ongoing 2020


Scenes from the Collection
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, US

Above: Mel Bochner, The Joys of Yiddish, 2012. Courtesy: The Jewish Museum, New York.

TBC 2020


Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, US

Above. Anthony Barboza, Kamoinge Portrait, 1973. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Eric and Jeanette Lipman Fund. © Anthony Barboza.





5—6 December 2020


Thinking With Your Hands with Cyrus Highsmith
Learn a messy, hands-on, computer-free way of making letters with world–renowned type designer Cyrus Highsmith and the Type West Public Workshop. This workshop will be a messy, hands-on, and computer-free exploration of drawing, making, and thinking about letters.

10:00am–6:00pm PDT. Register here.

7 December 2020


Dusting latin type history #1 On the origin of bold and fat faces with Sébastien Morlighem
This webinar intends to reassess the role of English founders in the development of bold and fat types during the early decades of the nineteenth century. Many little-known documents and examples will be shown and a few worn-out ideas and narratives may become obsolete.

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM GMT

Get tickets here.

December 2020—January 2021


Unearthed: Photography’s Roots

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London SE21 7AD

8 December 2020


Keeping Occupied with Cyrus Highsmith
Cyrus Highsmith started his foundry, Occupant Fonts, in 2015 after almost two decades as a type designer at Font Bureau. In 2017, Occupant was acquired by premier Japanese type company, Morisawa. In this presentation, Highsmith will talk about his new job, approach to art and design, and what it means to be an Occupant.

12:00pm–1:30pm PDT. Register here




22 Jan 2021 — 20 Jun 2021


AI: More than Human
Explored through prominent and cutting-edge research projects, and special commissions and projects by international artists, ‘AI: More than Human’ is an unprecedented survey of the relationship between humans and technology.
World Museum, William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EL UK

See ‘Thinking machine’, Darryl Clifton’s review of AI: More Than Human  in Eye 99.

Above: Justine Emard, Co(AI)xistence, 2017, video installation, with Mirai Moriyama & Alter (developed by Ishiguro lab, Osaka University and Ikegami Lab, Tokyo University), © Justine Emard / Adagp, Paris 2018.



12 February 2021—9 May 2021

Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe

Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe
Citizen of the Universe takes a unique look at the visionary artist, educator and activist Ruth Asawa (b. 1926, Norwalk, CA – d. 2013, San Francisco, CA). The exhibition features her signature hanging sculptures in looped and tied wire, and celebrates her holistic integration of art, education and community engagement through displaying prints, drawings, letters and photographs.
Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP UK

Above: Ruth Asawa, 1957. Photo by Imogen Cunningham. Courtesy David Zwirner. 

26 February 2021—11 July 2021

Paul Rand, Cover for Direction magazine, December 1940

Modern Look: Photography and the American Magazine
Featuring over 150 works including photographs, layouts, and cover designs, the exhibition considers the connections and influences of designers and photographers such as Richard Avedon, Lillian Bassman, Lester Beall, Margaret Bourke-White, Louis Faurer, Robert Frank, William Klein, Lisette Model, Gordon Parks, Irving Penn, Cipe Pineles, and Paul Rand.
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, US

Above: Paul Rand, Direction, Vol. 3 No. 9, December 1940. 


APRIL 2021

20—30 April 2021

DRUPA: Embrace the Future

Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, D-40474 Düsseldorf, Am Staad (Stockumer Höfe), Germany