Seen & Heard: New Exhibits at Mmuseumm

••• Mmuseumm 1 and Mmuseumm 2 in Cortlandt Alley have new exhibits up, and one is really moving. When I was chatting with cofounder Alex Kalman recently, he explained that Mmuseumm’s goal is to investigate the significance of objects—a design museum that’s less about form than about meaning. It made the exhibits seem less precious to me; it gave them more of a point. Mmuseum 2, this season, would’ve been special no matter what: Future Aleppoa 4×4 foot section from a miniature paper model city built by 14-year-old Mohammed Qutaish in his home in Aleppo, Syria in 2015. Mohammed, who has lived one third of his life in a civil war that has left an estimated quarter-million people dead and millions more displaced, has been motivated by the destruction he has witnessed and plans to become an architect to help rebuild his ancient city, a UNESCO world heritage site. Mohammed has kept himself focused in his home in the middle of the war-zone by building a model of his vision of the future city.” Below: a detail.

Future Aleppo detail by Mohammed Qutaish••• Friends of Bogardus Plaza’s annual JazzFest is this Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Besides music, there will be kids’ activities (such as cupcake decorating and face painting), performances by local troupes, and refreshments.

••• Opening May 5 at Steven Amedee Gallery: “Partly Fiction,” works on paper by Brad Greenwood.

Above Sunset by Brad Greenwood••• The west side of 375 Pearl is getting glassed.

375 Pearl••• Press release for the Seaport Culture District: “Starting on May 5, in conjunction with NYC Design Week, the Culture District will showcase a wide range of creative and design-related companies that call Lower Manhattan home, including those working in architecture, graphic design, fashion, interactive media, film and video and industrial and product design. Upcoming events at the Seaport District include the Downtown Design Festival, a 12-day series of events that celebrates design and creative energy in Lower Manhattan, Downtown Design Festival Street Party, an outdoor street party on May 9 that will take place on historic Fulton Street and is free to the public, and Downtown Dialogues, a series of one-on-one public conversations with a creative speaker whose studio or practice is based in Lower Manhattan.” Also of note: “The Design Market is an innovative retail installation occupying the ground level of the Seaport Studios at 19 Fulton Street opening May 9, offering a carefully curated selection of design objects, including furniture, lighting, accessories, artwork, and other merchandise. The Market also features a selection of original home accessories, decorative gifts, stationary and jewelry curated by WantedDesign.”