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Five Exhibitions to Explore this Spring

This month, join us in exploring exhibitions across New York and the tri-state area. Learn about Zen Buddhist paintings at Japan Society or eliminating forced labor in the materials supply chain at Grace Farms.

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April 26, 2024

As the weather warms up in New York, we're looking forward to exploring all of the new exhibitions showing in the area. Here's a round-up of just a few we would recommend checking out. Don't forget to join us at the Center for Architecture for Spring Exhibitions Opening Night this Thursday, May 2!


With Every Fiber (May 4, 2024–)

Grace Farms

Launched at Grace Farms in 2020, Design for Freedom is a collaborative global movement to eliminate forced labor in the building materials supply chain. Their new long-term exhibit invites visitors into the movement by offering cross-sector insights into the scope of the problem and proposing strategies and practices to address it through a series of material studies, including timber, steel, concrete, and textiles. Learn more. 

With Every Fiber. Courtesy: Grace Farms.

Shigeru Ban: The Paper Log House (April 15, 2024–December 15, 2024)

The Glass House

This project marks the opening of The Glass House for its 75th anniversary seaso first time in six years that the innovative house will be on display in North America. In collaboration with The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, 36 architecture students assembled the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban’s Paper Log House, a 14-by-14-foot enclosure made of paper tubes, wood, and milk crates deployed to provide temporary housing for victims of disaster across five continents over the last 30 years. As part of a special project offered through the school’s Building Technology course this semester, students fabricated the components at The Cooper Union then assembled the Paper Log House on the grounds of The Glass House, where it will remain on display through the upcoming tour season, April 15–December 15th, 2024. Learn more.

Shigeru Ban:The Paper Log House. Courtesy: The Glass House.

None Whatsoever: Zen Paintings from the Glitter-Yelen Collection
Japan Society

Often playful, sometimes comical, and always profound, Zen paintings represent one of the world’s most fascinating religiousand artistic traditions. None Whatsoever: Zen Paintings from the Gitter-Yelen Collection explores the origins of Zen Buddhism through over four centuries of ink paintings and calligraphies by painter-monks, who expressed Zen Buddhist teachings through their art, including the celebrated Buddhist master Hakuin Ekaku (1685–1768). Learn more about the Japan Society landmark building on our Archtober Guide via Bloomberg Connects, the free arts & culture app. Learn more.

None Whatsoever: Zen Paintings from the Glitter-Yelen Collection. Courtesy: Japan Society.


Spatializing Reproductive Justice (May 2, 2024–September 3, 2024)

Center for Architecture

Spatializing Reproductive Justice is a traveling exhibition and programming series that aims to spread awareness of the inequities of reproductive care in the United States and the agency of design fields to expand access. Learning from past and present reproductive and sexual health justice movements, the project addresses the spatial, legal, and social logistics of reproductive healthcare access in the United States after the repeal of Roe v. Wade. Student research and work by design studios investigate how the intersecting and compounding factors of race, class, and gender impact an individual’s access to care, and offer speculative design proposals for facilities, systems, and networks enabling reproductive care access. Join us for the exhibition opening, Thursday, May 2, 5:30–8:00pm. Learn more.


“Care Receiver Experiential Collage” by Valeska Abarca, Nathaly Castillo, and Mauricio Guidos, students of The Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York studio “National Care: Abortion Access, Reproductive Justice on Federal Land,” taught by Lindsay Harkema, 2022.

Sonia Delaunay: Living Art (February 23,2024–July 7, 2024)

Bard Graduate Center

Sonia Delaunay (1885–1979) was one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Her remarkably diverse and interconnected body of work focused on the primacy of color and a synthesis of the arts. Painter, artisan, and designer, she embraced modernity and harnessed the creative power of collaboration in the realms of fashion, textiles, interiors, books, mosaics, and tapestries. Living Art comprises almost 200 objects secured from major international lenders, reflecting Delaunay’s work through all periods of her career, from the early Parisian avant-garde of the 1910s to the spirited 1970s. Learn more.

Sonia Delaunay: Living Art. Courtey: Bard Graduate Center.