Check out these exhibits this weekend before they close for the fall

Labor Day Plans

Check out these exhibits this weekend before they close for the fall

Installation view of Donald Judd: Specific Furniture (Katherine Du Tiel)

Looking for something to do this Labor Day weekend? Check out some of our favorite architecture and design exhibits from across the country that we’ve covered over the summer. They’re all closing this fall, so don’t wait. Go get inspired!

Newly fabricated Donald Judd furniture for visitor use outside Donald Judd: Specific Furniture (Katherine Du Tiel)

Donald Judd: Specific Furniture

The exhibition presents a mix of his work and his acquired pieces that served as major influences.

“The difference between art and architecture is fundamental,” Judd once wrote. “Furniture and architecture can only be approached as such. Art cannot be imposed upon them. If their nature is seriously considered the art will occur, even art close to art itself.”

Bill Bates, FAIA, and Maggie McDermott (Obi Okolo, Courtesy AIA DC and Architects Foundation)

50 Years After Whitney Young Jr.
On view through November 24, 2018
The Octagon Museum
1799 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C., 20006
Thursday–Saturday, 1–4 p.m.

Fifty years ago, civil rights leader Whitney M. Young Jr. stood before a crowd of mostly white and male architects as he delivered a historic speech that called out racism and other issues of diversity in the architecture and design industries. Today, the profession has arguably improved thanks to his words and subsequent leaders. A new exhibition, 50 Years After Whitney Young Jr., at the Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C., surveys the legacy of the National Urban League, which Young led for a decade, and his impact on the AIA.

SOM is bringing its acclaimed Engineering + Art + Architecture exhibition to the MAK Center in Los Angeles. (Danielle Campbell)

Poetic Structure: Art + Engineering + Architecture
MAK Center for Art and Architecture
Los Angeles, California

The widely-traveled exhibition titled Poetic Structure: Art + Engineering + Architecture showcasing the engineering and design legacy of Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM) will be on display at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles through September 2.

In Ballroom Marfa’s Hyperobjects, the scale of the ecological crisis stretches human perception. Untitled (Plastic Cups) by Tara Donovan, 2006. (Ellen Labenski/Courtesy Pace Gallery)

Ballroom Marfa
108 E. San Antonio St., Marfa, Texas
Through October 14

Hyperobjects is co-organized by philosopher and Rice University professor Timothy Morton and Ballroom Marfa Director and Curator Laura Copelin. It looks at Morton’s theory in addressing the prevalent ecological crisis faced by the world today. With immersive video and sound installations, landscape interventions, and other direct sensory experiences, the artists’ pieces seek to challenge the way the audience sees and experiences the universe.

A glassblowing demonstration in Brooklyn.
A glassblowing demonstration in Brooklyn (Courtesy I LOVE NY)


The Corning Museum of Glass has tapped the McLaren Engineering Group’s nautical and entertainment departments for the creation of GlassBarge, a mobile glassworking studio set to travel from Brooklyn across the state.