The Wolfsonian’s collection of art and design is an astonishing accumulation of human documents. Some are immediately exquisite while others at first seem rather ordinary. And on occasion these artifacts—from gorgeous paintings to domestic pleasantries—turn out to be a really big bummer.
Factory scenes with a dreariness that glows. A Frank Lloyd Wright prototype chair that is elegant to the eye and simply torture to the sitter. And how easy to be put at ease by the coziness of totalitarian dinnerware! These modest objects find ornament obscuring danger; form concealing peril. With the revelation of each deceit, beauty becomes a BUMMER.
Organized in conjunction with Power of Design 2014: Complaints, a multi-day, multidisciplinary ideas festival. To contribute to the conversation on complaints and solutions, and to learn more about the project, visit www.powerofdesign.wolfsonian.org.
Power of Design 2014: Complaints is conceived, curated, and presented by The Wolfsonian–FIU in partnership with WLRN and The Miami Herald Media Company. We thank our sponsors, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; an anonymous donor; Northern Trust; and Terra Group and its president and CEO, David Martin. Generous collaborative support is provided by our partners, Intelligence Squared London; FIU School of Architecture; FIU School of Music; FIU Honors College; Centro Cultural Español; and Miami Beach Cinematheque. Fontainebleau Miami Beach is our official hotel.
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