Hawaii is one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth- a dream for artist GEORGIA O’ KEEFFE, who was already famous for her unique depictions of flowers when she made the voyage there in 1939. More than 15 paintings from her trip to go on display at the New York Botanical Garden in May, complemented by a botanical show curated to mimic the flora O’ Keeffe discovered. May 19 to October 28.
This new volume, Shape: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion by Michelle Dean, celebrates the unstoppable female writers who broke new ground in the world of letters by flouting a climate the only promoted the opinions of powerful men. DOROTHY PARKER, SUSAN SONTAG, JOAN DIDION and NORA EPHRON profiled with other status-quo challenging luminaries who got their voices heard in the 20th century against the odds of sexism and nepotism. Published by Fleet $20, May 3.
Irish architect Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell will curate the 16th International Architecture Biennale in Venice this year. Their theme, ‘Free pace’, heroes public spaces that promote meaningful interactions via light, texture and movement. For the first time, the Vatican has commissioned ten chapels, each designed by a different architect, that will travel to places without a house of worship after the biennial. May 26 to November 25.
Master couturier Azzedine Alaïa once said: “My obsession is to make women beautiful. When you create with that in mind, things can’t go out of fashion. “Before his death in 2017, Alaïa had been curating an exhibition of his work (below) that opens at London’s Design Museum this summer. The show celebrates his lyrical and meticulous methods - he cut all of his patterns and sculpted outfits directly onto the body. May 10 to October 7