La Ciudad Frondosa, 2011-2012, Chiachio & Giannone. Hand embroidery; cotton, rayon, wool. Museum purchase with funds provided by Nanette L. Laitman, 2014 . Argentina.
“There is no question that the design in Latin America is increasingly dynamic, catalytic, and innovative,” writes Lowery Stokes Sims, William and Mildred Ladson Chief Curator of Museum of Arts and Design. “There is a new generation of designers who manifest a creativity that is concerned not only with the imagining of iconic objects but also with issues of commodification and production, urbanization, displacement, and sustainability. The special character of design in Latin America today is marked by a pervasive interest in collaborating across the genres of art, craft, and design,” Sims adds. The panel on Latin American design moderated by Sims, which was held at WantedDesign 2014, focused on “Engaging Craft and Community.” This subject emerged from the organization of the exhibition, “New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America,” which will open at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York on November 4, 2014. More