The future of living in the exhibition “Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place”
The exhibition Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place runs until 5th March 2023 at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, USA, featuring more than 50 works accomplished by the designer during the last 10 years of his career – a decade that demonstrates his holistic approach to material, bringing art, architecture and design together.
A globally-renowned African American designer – in Italy he has worked for Cappellini, Dedon, Roche Bobois and Missoni – Burks champions manual production as an innovative approach within industrial processes. Hugely topical, Shelter in Place explores design ideas and solutions pertaining to domestic life in a period of global upheaval, and tackles the issue of how to design interiors that will foster joyful, creative lives. It is no surprise that in his work, Burks collaborates with craftspeople all over the world to create furniture, domestic objects, lighting and fabrics of tremendous aesthetic value and equally high functional content.
The exhibition unfolds across five different themes: Craft as Collaboration, Modernist Orthodoxies, Weaving as Metaphor, Environmental Inclusion and Crafting Diversity, in collaboration with students from Berea College in Kentucky, an institution that promotes a utopian and anti-racist culture.
“Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place”, High Museum of Art, Atlanta