“Boro Textiles: Sustainable Aesthetics” at NYC’s Japan Society

This centuries-old craft and its contemporary influence are on show at the learning center

Designed by NYC-based architecture firm SO-IL, the Japan Society‘s Boro Textiles: Sustainable Aesthetics exhibition introduces audiences to folklorist and cultural anthropologist Chuzaburo Tanaka’s personal collection of vintage Japanese pieces along with contemporary garments by pioneers of Japanese fashion like Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, Issey Miyake, and Yohji Yamamoto. The presentation bridges the gap between new and old, dually representing anonymous individuals who forged this medium …

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5,700-year-old chewing gum, pertinent plant discoveries, 2019's biggest innovations and more inspiration from the web

2019 Plant Discoveries Include a Cancer-Fighting Fungus and More 102 plants and eight fungi were officially named by experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 2019 (roughly 2,000 new species are named worldwide every year). Among the roster of the recently identified are a few additions with remarkable attributes, including a bamboo fungus from Yunnan that can fight cancer; a “miracle” berry, from the …

Richard Deacon’s “SOME TIME” at Middelheim Museum

The Belgium city's open-air art space hosts a striking sculpture show

Antwerp’s Middelheim Museum is a surprise that’s worth a trip to the Belgian city. The unique open-air sculpture museum—where nature and art establish a constant peculiar dialogue—is a 27-hectare institution that’s home to sculptures of several relevant artists of the past century. The current exhibition, British artist Richard Deacon’s “SOME TIME” is a striking, fascinating show made up of some 31 artworks. Internationally renowned, Deacon …