Now on show at the Jewish Museum is Masterpieces & Curiosities: Memphis Does Hanukkah. The exhibition features Los Angeles-based designer and artist Peter Shire‘s Menorah #7 (1986) and is part of a series of exhibitions that looks at the individual works in the museum’s collection.
The exhibition will be on view through February 12, 2017. The Masterpieces & Curiosities series has been running since 2013 with the Jewish Museum’s curators, according to a press release, seeking to discover “objects that highlight the breadth and diversity of the collection.”
(Courtesy The Jewish Museum, New York and Josh White)
One of the original members of Milan design collective Memphis Group, Peter Shire has dabbled without Judaica objects numerous times throughout his career while making use of oddly shaped and balanced geometries, fabricated with industrial materials, bright colors, and “finish-fetish” detailing. This is evidenced in the Menorah #7 which is on display at the exhibition. The work is synonymous with the Memphis aesthetic established by Ettore Sottsass and is exhibited alongside vintage Memphis pieces by Shire, Sottsass, and Michele de Lucchi, related ephemera.