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"The Essence of Things: Design and the Art of Reduction" at Philbrook

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Aired on Wednesday, February 17th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we learn about a striking new show at the Philbrook Museum of Art, "The Essence of Things: Design and the Art of Reduction," which will be on view through May 1st. Our guest is Sienna Brown, who was appointed the Meinig Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Philbrook about six months ago. As noted of this exhibit at the Philbrook website: "This exhibition celebrates simplicity in design. Whether planning a piece of furniture, an article of clothing, or a basic utensil, many designers embrace minimalism as a way to achieve rational functionality and elegant aesthetics. 'The Essence of Things' brings together approximately 180 objects, ranging from humble everyday items like flip-flops and lip balm to more substantial chairs and lamps. In addition to these objects, photographs and video round out the offerings of architecture, fashion, and art. Among the many designers represented are such iconic names as Gerrit Rietveld, Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, and Shigeru Ban." Also on today's program, our commentator Janet Pearson is thinking about good and bad kinds of stress.

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