Designers Are Getting Political

“We have observed that the street protests, social media organizing and grassroots activism taking place across America in response to the policies of the Trump administration are rooted in a love for our country, our Constitution and our flag,” starts the statement from R & Company about Our Flag: Design Stands Together,” opening May 1, with all profits going to the ACLU. “In this spirit, R & Company has invited a range of designers and their New York galleries to create a unique piece for exhibition and sale, referencing directly or indirectly the design or colors of the American flag. United in theme, the visual impact of these works will offer a powerful statement from our design community.” The exhibit was inspired by Richard Marquis, who, in the late 1960s, “crafted a series of murrine glass acid capsules depicting the American flag as a commentary [see above; photo courtesy the artist]. Examples from this series are in the Corning Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Marquis continued to use American flag imagery in his glass art, including a series of teapots, one of which is included in the exhibition.”

The list of designers is impressive (their galleries are in parentheses): Ali Tayar; Anat Shiftan (Hostler Burrows, formerly of Franklin Street); Anne Fisher (R & Company); Charles Meyers; Chris Wolston (Patrick Parrish, on Lispenard); Cody Hoyt (Patrick Parrish); The Haas Brothers (R & Company); Jeff Zimmerman (R & Company); Johnny Swing (R & Company); Katie Stout (R & Company); Kelly Behun; Lindsey Adelman; Lucas Maassen (Kinder Modern, co-founded by Tribecan Lora Appleton); Michelle Oka Doner; Richard Marquis; Roberto Lugo (Wexler Gallery); Rogan Gregory (R & Company); Sebastian Errazuriz; Cristina Grajales; Ted Muehling (on White Street); and Thaddeus Wolfe (R & Company).

The exhibit runs through June 15, and there’s an opening event on May 1 (6-8 p.m.). Here are a few works in the show; photographs by Joe Kramm for R & Company.

By Kelly Behun:

By Sebastian Errazuriz:

By Roberto Lugo:

By Lindsey Adelman:

By Ali Tayar:

By Lucas Maassen:

By Katie Stout: