The San Francisco Fall Show Kicks Off Online
Though it will look a bit different this year, the San Francisco Fall Show—a West Coast staple on the art and antiques fair circuit—is opening today in a brand-new digital format. Featuring a wide range of fine and decorative arts from more than 75 renowned dealers, the showcase will take place over 10 days, offering decorators plenty of time to browse its offerings. The whole shebang was made possible thanks to Incollect, which will host the event on its digital platform.
National Organization of Minority Architects Conference Gets Going Digitally
For the 48th time since its establishment, NOMA is hosting its annual conference. And while this year’s version is virtual as opposed to IRL, it’s still poised to be a must-attend happening. “We are gathering online to discuss the pressing issues that COVID-19 has brought to light with NOMA members and colleagues from across the industry,” NOMA president Kimberly Dowdell said in a statement. “In the shadows of this pandemic, it is critical that our profession is better equipped to help foster greater health and well-being for people in all communities, particularly those that suffer from the greatest health and wealth disparities in our nation.” The conference runs through this Saturday, October 17.
Design Fairs Signal a Return
This week, Edit Napoli kicked off in Italy. The news marked a notable milestone for the international design community, considering the fact that the cancellation of Salone del Mobile was an early industry bellwether of the virus’s widespread impact. Also of note: The Miami Design District announced that it will present Design Miami/ this December. Usually, the concurrent Art Basel Miami Beach is a big draw for visitors, but the Swiss organization has officially bowed out of this year’s IRL experience. Podium, a novel concept set to be located in the Moore Building, is just one of many plans in the works.
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Simone Leigh Set to Become First Black Woman to Represent U.S. at Venice Biennale
Although the next iteration of the Venice Biennale won’t take place until 2022, the important art-world event made headlines this week, when Simone Leigh was named as the first Black woman to represent the U.S. in its classical pavilion. “I feel like I’m a part of a larger group of artists and thinkers who have reached critical mass,” Leigh told the New York Times in an article following the announcement. “And despite the really horrific climate that we’ve reached, it still doesn’t distract me from the fact of how amazing it is to be a Black artist right now.” Her monumental ceramic sculptures often focus on the female form.
Interior Designer Kelly Hoppen Receives CBE
Decorator Kelly Hoppen is officially a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The honor is in part a recognition of her work for the Great Campaign, an organization that is dedicated to showcasing the best of the U.K. on a global stage. “On receiving the news, I was overwhelmed and humbled and extremely thrilled to be honored,” Hoppen said in a statement.
AD100 Firm Hollander Design Endows Important New Fellowship
Hollander Design is stepping up to the plate to try to make the design world a more diverse and inclusive place. This week, the establishment of the inaugural City College Hollander Design Fellowships was announced. The fellowship will annually award a handful of Black, Latinx, Alaskan Native, and Native American students with a $4,000 grant for each year of their enrollment in the master of landscape architecture program.