CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS
AND LEADING-EDGE
DESIGN RESOURCES

 
 
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Beyond The Mask: Storytelling in Black Art + Design
Apr 6 - Sep 30
From the consciousness of the Black Artists + Designers Guild, a group established in 2018 to raise the visibility of diverse design practitioners, "Beyond the Mask" seeks to overturn the myths, stereotypes, and romance language historically used to undervalue BLACK-ness in art and design. Spanning disciplines from textiles to ceramics, this exhibition traces the impact of Black aesthetics and identity on the world of design, exploring the enduring influences of Black pre-colonial African empires to the rebellion that birthed the Diaspora.  Curated by Leyden Lewis on behalf of the Black Artists + Designers Guild and sponsored by ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME MAGAZINE. 

 
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Terra Incognita: 21st Century Ceramics 
Apr 6 - Sep 30
Building on North Carolina's long-standing heritage as a home for American ceramics, Terra Incognita explores how today’s ceramicists are advancing the art and craft of pottery through experimental approaches to materiality, form, and surface. Comprising ceramics from across the U.S., the exhibition showcases works both functional and abstract that are pushing the boundaries of surface ornamentation, glaze, clay body, and construction. Curated by Lila Allen, North Carolina native and Managing Editor of Metropolis Magazine. 

 
 
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Mill Collective is a curated exhibition platform for emerging design talent. The biannual exhibition of design and craft proudly presents objects created with conscious intent. At this fair, you will meet a group of more than 20 vendors — furniture and textile designers, specialized manufacturers and makers, artists and curators presenting innovative or artisan work — from around the corner and around the globe.   /learn more

 
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“This is not a chair. Ceci n’est pas une chaise.” 
 Past: Oct 12 - Jan 11, 2019
“This is not a chair. Ceci n’est pas une chaise.” was a contemporary survey of the the we call a chair. Most of the pieces in this exhibition were one-of-a-kind, however, some were manufactured in small quantities. Whether singular objects or intended for mass production, whether functional or not, the designers, architects and artists who generously contributed their work challenged us to rethink the notion of a chair. /view collection