on saturday and sunday, october 17 and 18, 2020, new york’s citywide architectural festival will return with more than 150 ways to experience and explore the built environment. now in its 18th year, the open house new york weekend invites the public to explore the city and its architecture — from historic landmarks and modern skyscrapers to design studios and manufacturing spaces. this year, responding to COVID-19 guidelines, the 2020 edition is shifting from in-person site visits to a hybrid of virtual experiences and outdoor self-guided explorations.
The Brooklyn-based glass artist Andrew O. Hughes, 42, attributes contemporary interest in Murano to several factors: a bit of ceramic fatigue, a desire for the luminosity of glass in an era of pared-down interiors, an increasing openness to outsiders among the islands’ glassmakers.
In March, as New York City went into lockdown, the creative community working at UrbanGlass — a nonprofit organization that provides glassblowing studio space, exhibitions and classes for artists and designers in Downtown Brooklyn — faced an uncertain future.
Selects is an exhibition of singular works from independent designers, presented under the umbrella of the annual Offsite contemporary design showcase by New York design magazine Sight Unseen.
The Traipse pitcher was designed by Kalen Kaminski of New York brand Upstate and produced by Grace Whiteside in her UrbanGlass studio.
In Monica Cook’s world, and by extension her solo show “Above and Below,” everything is both beautiful and decrepit. Glass serpents gleam in the sculpture “Honeypot” (2019), but the treelike structure they guard appears weathered and aged.
“People stumble upon it one night when they’re binge-watching TV and they come take a class here,” Devin Mathis, executive director of Brooklyn’s UrbanGlass, tells The Post. “A lot of individuals say they Googled to see what was out there in New York after watching the show” and came upon the studio space, which offers educational programming and has a retail shop.