June 5, 2010, may be remembered as the day modern design took Atlanta.
So begins my AJC article about the growing strength of contemporary design in Atlanta, which talks about some of the institutions and individuals that have contributed to its rise. June 5 serves as the watershed moment. The Woodruff Arts Center is the place.
The opening of the High Museum of Art’s “European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century,” which fills the Anne Cox Chambers Wing with innovative furniture, lighting, housewares and industrial design, makes a statement.
So does the slew of activities that will accompany it. Among them are programs mounted by Modern Atlanta, the organizer of “Design Is Human,” a six-day event devoted to contemporary design that coincides with the show.
On June 5, MA will present a film screening and guest speakers, including architect Kai-Uwe Bergmann of the hot Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group, whose design for the Danish Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo is shown below. It will also co-host with the High Museum a soiree on the piazza, dubbed “Design After Dark.”
If you’re interested in design, you should check out Modern Atlanta’s website. “Design Is Human” will run June 1-6. Its programs encompass architecture, furniture design, interiors and fashion.
Social responsibility is also an important part of its mission. A screening of “Citizen Architect,” a new film about the late Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio, is among the offerings related to that subject.
Many events will be free, but with limited seating, so make reservations. Some, such as the popular home tour, are ticketed.