This month at The Met Breuer, Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason 1950–1980 opens and its catalogue goes on sale, The Met Breuer Design Store features Ettore Sottsass goods, Flora Bar launches a new brunch menu, and more.
Delirious times demand delirious art, or so this exhibition will propose. The years between 1950 and 1980 were beset by upheaval. Around the globe, military conflict proliferated and social and political unrest flared. Disenchantment with an oppressive rationalism mounted, as did a corollary interest in fantastic, hallucinatory experiences. Artists responded to these developments by incorporating absurdity, disorder, nonsense, disorientation, and repetition into their work. In the process, they destabilize space and perception, give form to extreme mental, emotional, and physical states, and derange otherwise logical structures and techniques. Delirious will explore the embrace of irrationality among American, Latin American, and European artists.
Delirious opens September 13 and is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue, now on sale at The Met Store.
Ettore Sottsass's extensive travels brought him into contact with art and artifacts from civilations across the world. In an exhibition at Galleria Sperone, Menhir, Ziggurat, Stupas, Hydrants, and Gas Pumps (1965–66), Sottsass included 21 ceramic totems that influenced his work; five of those totems also appear in Design Radical, juxtaposed with Sottsass's own objects.
The Met collection provided curator Christian Larsen ample opportunity to exhibit Sottsass's influences alongside his inspired works, as seen above with an ancient Egyptian amulet and a modern necklace. Visit Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical as it continues this month to see more examples of the designer's cosmopolitan work juxtaposed with objects across history, including paintings by Roy Lichtenstein, Hopi katsina figures, Thomas Struth photographs, Indian stupas, mandalas, and more.
The Met Breuer Store now offers iconic goods designed by Sottsass and other members of the Memphis school he co-founded, including miniature replicas of Sottsass's "Carlton" room dividers for $1,000.
Morgan Pearce writes on The Met Store Magazine, "Sottsass's Carlton bookcase . . . continues to be one of the most recognizable Memphis designs. Its unconventional form makes an immediate visual impact, combining color, shape, and texture in a highly energetic way . . . and reimagines the way a bookcase can function, including opportunities for books to stack vertically, horizontally, and at an angle, depending on the user's needs."
On Sunday, October 1, join design icons David Kelley and Johanna Grawunder at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium for a discussion on their perspectives of the work of Ettore Sottsass. Learn more about this event.
This September, Flora Bar at The Met Breuer introduces weekend brunch on Saturdays, 11:30am–3:30pm, and Sundays, 11:30 am–4:30 pm.
New selections include eggs with cured tuna, celery, and capers on toast; shakshuka with rye flatbread; egg and cheese sandwich with tomato chutney; and a buttermilk biscuit with jam. Brunch cocktails range from The Barrymore, a Bloody Mary flavored with szechuan mignonette, to My Paloma, with tequila, grapefruit, and soda.
In addition to the elegant dining room, the outdoor garden is also open for brunch.
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