Art and Desing in New York, Park Avenue Armory

Art and Desing in New York, Park Avenue Armory
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When SOFA NEW YORK opens its doors at the Park Avenue Armory on April 20-23, visitors will be treated to an array of special exhibitions, receptions and 20 in-booth events, all complimentary with paid admission.


WHARTON ESHERICK in LongHouse Collection

LongHouse Reserve exemplifies living with art in all its forms. Founded by and home of famed designer Jack Lenor Larsen, its collections, gardens, sculpture and programs reflect world cultures and inspire a creative life. View a prime example of its contemplative aesthetic in the recreation of Larsen’s own dining room at LongHouse, featuring pieces by renowned modernist furniture designer and wood sculptor Wharton Esherick (1887-1970), including a 1939 hickory and phenol fiber table exhibited at the 1940’s World’s Fair. Plus a rare viewing of a panel from the iconic Sears Tower quilts that Larsen made for Sears Bank & Trust in Chicago, circa 1974-75. And delicate hand-folded, dipped and dyed Japanese Shoji screens. Presented by LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, NY.


Installation/performance art by Joe Mangrum, whose explorations of found objects and multiple media have earned him international accolades, including a nomination for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art “SECA” award. Mangrum’s site-specific environmental and often ephemeral installations include organic materials such as flowers, food and sand, as well as deconstructed computer parts, auto parts and a multitude of found and collected objects. At SOFA, Mangrum will create sand installations featuring his signature mandalas, pyramids, maps, grids and even mushroom clouds. Ongoing during the fair. Mangrum’s work is part of MAD’s current exhibition, on view through August 12, 2012, entitled Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design. Presented by Museum of Arts and Design, New York.


9:30 AM: 5th Annual Designer Breakfast Preview

This much anticipated, invitation-only preview for designers and their clients (before the fair opens to the general public!) features a panel discussion titled The Design Continuum: Looking Back to the Future with David Ling (David Ling Architect), Jamie Drake (Drake Design Associates) and David McFadden (Chief Curator, Museum of Arts and Design). Judith Nasatir, Contributing Editor of MODERN Magazine, moderates.

Also at the Designer Breakfast, interior designer, collector and author, Jack Lenor Larsen, interior designer Jamie Drake, and Emily Zilber, Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, announce the winners of the 2nd Annual 2012 LongHouse Reserve Special Recognition prizes for Best Booth Design and Best Artwork in Show.

2 PM: Booth Talk. History and Inspiration

Writer Dominique Browning and ceramist Frances Palmer discuss the COVET project and Palmer’s artwork that references the Robert Ellison collection of ceramics in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ferrin Gallery, booth 114

2:15 PM: Booksigning.

Visions Realized: The Work of Dan Dailey

Dan Dailey signs Visions Realized: The Work of Dan Dailey following his lecture entitled 40 Years Already from 1-2 PM. Schantz Galleries, booth 311.

5 PM: Reception honoring Danish artists at the fair with dignitaries from the Consulate General of Denmark in New York, for lecture attendees and VIPs. Tiffany Room, immediately following the 4-5 PM lecture presentation by Birthe Noergaard Fraser (Cultural Connections CC) on The Enduring Thread of Functionalism in Danish Contemporary Studio Ceramics.

6-8 PM: SOFA After Dark with the Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Arts and Design The 2nd annual evening event for new collectors and young designers, SOFA After Dark with the Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Arts and Design takes place at SOFA from 6-8 pm Friday, April 20. This exclusive evening features complimentary libations from WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey and Subarashii Kudamono Asian Pear Wine, and live music by The Thermionics. Admission is by invitation or purchase of a $35 ticket at the door on Friday, April 20, which admits one to the fair during regular show hours, as well as SOFA After Dark festivities. Programming includes dynamic artist dialogues in the SOFA Café:

6:30 PM: Artist and engineer Arthur Hash (Sienna Gallery) on Crafting in a Digital Age 2.0, the intersection of digital technology and his jewelry designs.

7 PM: Furniture designer Philipp Aduatz (Wexler Gallery) discusses The Design Process as an Innovative Implement-how the laws of thermodynamics inspire a transient transformation in his designs.

Plus live Tweeting on big screens! After Dark-ers can join the conversation with curators selecting their top picks at the fair including Sarah Archer (Philadelphia Art Alliance), Nicholas Bell (Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.), Emily Zilber (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), and Elizabeth Kirrane, Jennifer Scanlan and Ron Labaco (Museum of Arts and Design, NYC).

7 PM: Booth Talk

Shax Riegler, author of DISH: 813 Wonderful Dinner Plates and Molly Hatch

(Ferrin Gallery) artist/designer and Features Editor at House Beautiful, discuss how the dinner plate become decorative art. Ferrin Gallery, COVET Project booth 114.

View more Friday booth events at, including talks by Chipstone Foundation curator Ethan Lasser and Michelle Erickson with COVET artists (Ferrin Gallery), John McQueen (browngrotta arts), Suzanne Klemm (Gallery Loupe) and Chuck Savoie (Jane Sauer Gallery), and more!


9 AM: History and Inspiration: A Conversation

Visit LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, NY on Saturday, April 21, before its

season opens to the public! A special shuttle will depart Park Avenue Armory at 9 AM and return approximately 5 PM. At noon and 2 pm, Mr. Larsen will personally lead SOFA tours of the grounds and LongHouse. Cost is $150 per person ($120 for LongHouse members), which includes transportation. For further information, please call 631.329.3568 or visit

Be among the very first to preview LongHouse’s major new exhibition Accumulations: NOW, featuring 500 works in craft media from the last 100 years, enjoy LongHouse’s gorgeous spring gardens full of newly installed sculpture, and a delicious box lunch. LongHouse Reserve is home to acclaimed designer and collector Jack Lenor Larsen, whose name is synonymous with 20th century textiles. World-reknowned for its exquisite gardens and sculptures, Mr. Larsen created LongHouse Reserve to exemplify a creative approach to contemporary life.

2 PM: Booth Talk. Roots and Stitch – A Threaded History with Eleri Mills, one of Wales’ and the UK’s eminent textile artists and current visiting artist at Columbia University, Ruthin Craft Centre, booth 113.

2:15 PM: Booksigning. Georg Dobler – Schmuck | Jewellery 1980-2010

Artist Georg Dobler signs Georg Dobler – Schmuck | Jewellery 1980-2010 following his lecture titled Composition of Dreams-Geometry and Nature in the Jewelry of Georg Dobler from 1-2 pm. Gallery Loupe, booth 319.

3 PM: Visit the Museum of Arts and Design for William Warmus’s lecture Glass as High Art from Tutankhamen to Koons at 3 pm Saturday, April 21, in the MAD Theater.

View more Saturday booth events at, including talks by Norma Minkowitz (browngrotta arts), Paul Stankard (Jane Sauer Gallery), Henk Wolvers (flow) and Rob and Jaap Thalen (Thalen and Thalen). and more!


2 PM: Booth Talk. Finnish Studio jeweler Juha Koskela discusses the inspiration and technical challenges of his three series of work on display in his one-man show. Aaron Faber Gallery, booth 312. Also on Saturday, April 21 at 2 pm.

View more Sunday booth events at


Museum Monday

Museum Monday at SOFA NEW YORK! On Monday, April 23 members of 32 select museums receive a two-for-one admittance special when they present a current membership card at the door. Select area museums include: American Folk Art Museum, Asia Society, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, Fuller Craft Museum, Guggenheim Museum & Guggenheim YCC, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Arts and Design, Museum of Modern Art, New Museum, Newark Museum. Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art.


To view full list of participating museums, go to


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