July 18, 2024

Crafting Modernity: Design in Latin America, 1940–1980 and Theaster Gates: Wonder Working Power are among the current and upcoming architecture and design events taking place in the US that are featured in Dezeen Events Guide.

Other events taking place during the month include festivals Anchorage Design Week, Open House Miami and Modernism Week.

Theaster Gates: Wonder Working Power
27 January 2023 to 1 January 2024, Richmond, Virginia

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, located in the state’s capital Richmond, hosts an installation by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates.

The site-specific installation, titled Wonder Working Power, explores fragility, urban decay and neglected spaces alongside traditional craft through the medium of clay.

The installation is on display in the Lewis Focus Gallery, alongside the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts’ conference, which takes place in Richmond in March 2024.

Photo of house in Palm Springs
Modernism Week hosts architecture, design, art and fashion-focused events. Photo courtesy of Natural Retreats. Above photo is by Andrew Cabral

Modernism Week
15 to 25 February, Palm Springs, California

Annual design, architecture, fashion and art festival Modernism Week returns to Palm Springs for an 11-day programme in February.

The week’s events include tours, exhibitions, talks and parties that aim to address topics of design innovation, organic architecture, landscaping and diversity in the industry.

The series of tours across the city include walking, biking and bus tours in addition to property interior tours.

Photo of exhibition at Anchorage Design Week
The five-day programme includes talks, exhibitions, workshops and parties. Photo is courtesy of Anchorage Museum

Anchorage Design Week
21 to 25 February, Anchorage, Alaska

Hosted by the Anchorage Museum, the 2024 edition city’s annual design week hosts a selection of exhibitions, workshops, talks and parties across five days.

Anchorage Design Week presents in-person and online events centred around interior design, sustainability, organic materials, screen printing and design for communities.

Photo of street art in Miami
The festival takes place across 15 districts in the Great Miami region. Photo is courtesy of Open House Miami

Open House Miami
1 to 2 March, Miami, Florida

Architecture and design festival Open House Miami takes place over two days and across 15 districts in the Great Miami region, including Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Opa Locka and Design District.

As part of the festival – organised by The Miami Center for Architecture and Design – tours, talks, performances and networking opportunities are open to the public.

This year’s edition follows the themes: Sacred Spaces, Culture, Resilience, Building Miami, Sports, Glamour and Grandeur, and Curiosities and Colourful Past.

The Miami edition forms part of the wider Open House Worldwide festival, in which more than 50 cities are taking part in 2024.

Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi’s Bowl Chair is on display at the exhibition. Photo is curtesy of The Museum of Modern Art

Crafting Modernity: Design in Latin America, 1940–1980
8 March to 22 September, New York City, New York

Crafting Modernity: Design in Latin America, 1940–1980 is an exhibition taking place at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) spotlighting furniture, ceramics, design objects, textiles, paintings and photography.

The exhibition explores the social and political changes in Latin America between 1940 and 1980, highlighting different approaches to modernism.

The artists and designers taking part are from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela. Their pieces aim to reflect the crafts and culture from their native countries.

About Dezeen Events Guide

Dezeen Events Guide is our guide to the best architecture and design events taking place across the world each year. The guide is updated weekly and includes virtual events, conferences, trade fairs, major exhibitions and design weeks.

Inclusion in the guide is free for basic listings, with events selected at Dezeen’s discretion. Organisers can get standard, enhanced or featured listings for their events, including images, additional text and links, by paying a modest fee.

In addition, events can ensure inclusion by partnering with Dezeen. For more details on inclusion in Dezeen Events Guide and media partnerships with Dezeen, email [email protected].


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