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The Top Happenings in the Design World, January 22–28, 2020

Art deemed ‘out of place,’ fantastical fairy tales that challenge gender norms, and hidden photographs that explore narrative, memory, and photography.

Lourdes Grobet (born Mexico City, Mexico, 1940). Untitled, from the series Painted Landscapes, circa 1982. Silver dye bleach photograph, 7 11/16 × 7 3/4 in. (19.5 × 19.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Gift of Marcuse Pfeifer, 1990.119.12. © Maria de Lourdes Grobet. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

Out Of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn, NY

Curated by senior curator Catherine Morris and associate curator Carmen Hermo at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, this exhibition highlights 44 artists whose works have been considered “out of place” in major museums due to the use of unorthodox materials or subjects, or even the artist’s identity. (January 24–September 13; times and prices vary)

Ad Minoliti: Fantasias Modulares 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass. 

Argentinian painter Ad Minoliti explores the act of toppling traditional gender and sexuality norms in her exhibition, in which colorful abstract and geometric works upend classic fairy tales to create imaginary utopian worlds free of biases and hierarchies. (January 25–January 25, 2021; 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; prices vary)

Jackie Saccoccio: Femme Brut Van Doren Waxter, 23 E 73rd St., New York and CHART, 74 Franklin St., NY

Expect two venues worth of paintings, drawings, and prints from the American artist known for her adventurous abstractions that take full advantage of the canvas. Her latest pieces reference Shakespeare’s The Tempest, exploring themes of enchantment and sorcery. (January 22–March 14; times and prices vary)

Sophie Calle: Because Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary St., Suite 450, San Francisco

The French writer, photographer, installation and conceptual artist brings her latest works to the US for the first time. In this exhibition, photographs are hidden behind felt curtains embroidered with Calle’s writings, further examining the relationship between narrative, memory, and photography. (January 23–March 21; times vary, free)


The Design Datebook is GRAY’s weekly list of must-attend design and cultural events around the globe.


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