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Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place

July 1, 2022 | Monica Obniski

Coming soon! Opens September 16

An image of three lanterns of various sizes; the details of the woven fiber, marble base, and encased solar panels are visible.

Stephen Burks (American, born 1969), designer; DEDON, Germany, established 1990, manufacturer; The Others (Lanterns S, M, and Statue Lika), 2017, fiber (high-density polyethylene), aluminum, marble, acrylic, and LED solar panels, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, gift of DEDON. Photo by Joe Coscia.

Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place surveys the last ten years of Burks’s multifaceted, craft-centered design practice at midcareer, which includes global craft projects, industrial design, and a new work inviting radical participation. The exhibition will explore ideas concerning domesticity—namely, how we can design interiors to enable joyful living while empowering creativity. In the wake of several global crises, designers have responded by redefining our relationship to our homes, including interrogating the modernist trope of better living through design. As an African American designer, Burks has forged a distinctive path by embracing the challenge to advocate for hand production as a strategy for innovation within industrial production. Following the solo presentation of Stephen Burks: Man Made (held at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2011), this exhibition will be the first to survey Burks’s workshop-based design practice, presenting several key projects from the last ten years. These industrial design and craft-centered projects will be seen in conversation with a new speculative project—Shelter in Place—that will explore the visionary possibilities of design.

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Member Preview: Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place
Thursday, September 15, 12 noon–7 p.m.

Members see it first and free! Register today for your timed tickets and be the first to explore Burks’s innovative industrial designs and craft-centered projects.

Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

Major funding for this exhibition is provided by William Banks Jr. Trust and Jones Day.

Funding for this exhibition is provided by Roche Bobois and the Graham Family Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

ACT Foundation, Inc.
Sarah and Jim Kennedy
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot
Harry Norman Realtors
wish Foundation

Robin and Hilton Howell

The Antinori Foundation
Corporate Environments
The Arthur R. and Ruth D. Lautz Charitable Foundation
Elizabeth and Chris Willett

Farideh and Al Azadi
Sandra and Dan Baldwin
Mr. and Mrs. Robin E. Delmer
Marcia and John Donnell
Mrs. Peggy Foreman
Helen C. Griffith
Mrs. Fay S. Howell/The Howell Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones
Joel Knox and Joan Marmo
Dr. Joe B. Massey
Margot and Danny McCaul
The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust
Wade A. Rakes II and Nicholas Miller
The Fred and Rita Richman Fund
USI Insurance Services
Mrs. Harriet H. Warren

Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Isobel Anne Fraser–Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Katherine Murphy Riley Special Exhibition Endowment Fund, Margaretta Taylor Exhibition Fund, and the RJR Nabisco Exhibition Endowment Fund