See what’s new and trending, from tabletop goods to nursery furnishings, at the New York International Gift Fair. Or perhaps you’re in the mood for a few art or architecture history? Our roundup of events below has some thing for you.
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EXHIBIT –Through September 23, 2012
Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage
Concord Museum, Concord, Massachusetts
Best known for star portraits, Annie Leibovitz has turned her lens on a different kind of photography: magnificent landscapes of well-known areas like Niagara Falls and Yosemite, and the silent insides related to iconic characters such as Virginia Woolf and Elvis Presley.
Hours: Sunday–Wednesday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday–Friday, 9 a.m.–8 pm
Price: $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 ages 5 and under, army (with valid ID) free
EXHIBIT — August 9–September 16, 2012
Xavier Veilhan’s Architectones
Neutra VDL Research House, Los Angeles
Already a pilgrimage site for contemporary architecture lovers, the Neutra VDL Resarch House will become an even bigger attraction for Angelenos this month with the opening of a site-specific installation by French artist Xavier Veilhan. The display features monochrome sculptures and items from the backyard to the rooftop pool, and a soundtrack written by Nicolas Godin of Air.
Through an evening reception on August 8, Veilhan will announce that the exhibit’s debut with a airplane carrying out a blank, abstract monochrome banner above the Silverlake Reservoir.
Hours: Thursday–Friday, 3–8 pm, Saturday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Price: $10 Saturdays, when there are docent-led architecture tours of the home. $10 is also the proposed donation on additional days.
Alexandra Von Furstenberg
Bloomin’ Vase – $268
TRADE SHOW — August 18–23, 2012
New York International Gift Fair
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City
Millions of buyers and commerce professionals descend upon the Javits center twice a year to browse the latest home, lifestyle and gift goods. The summer show will include the Gourmet Housewares Show in addition to a selection of trade conventions.
Hours: 9 a.m.–6 pm every day; 5 p.m. near on Tuesday, August 21
Price: Free with advance registration. Open to the trade only.
EXHIBIT — August 20–October 27, 2012
Yale School of Architecture Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
A exhibition examining 20 villas designed throughout the Life Span of Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio walks off the 2012–2013 season at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery. Since the culmination of 10 decades of analysis by Peter Eisenman, New York architect and Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice at Yale, the exhibit’s models and renderings propose a different way of studying the 16th-century architect’s work.
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 pm; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 pm; closed Sunday
WALKING TOUR — August 4, 2012
Summer Tour: Vernacular and High-Style Classical Masterpieces
Enjoy a day traveling and sketching buildings from the beautifully preserved village of Deerfield, Massachusetts. The guided walking tour begins with visits to restored museum houses from the national intervals, and also the second part explores dormitories and classrooms from the early 20th century.
Hosted by the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, the tour will be led by Bill Flynt (architectural conservator, Historic Deerfield) and Aaron Helfand.
Price: $25 ICAA members and employees of professional member companies; $35 general public. Transportation and meals are not included.