1. Sandy Smith founded the biannual Outsider Art Fair 25 years ago to give unconventional artists like Jim Work, who is developmentally disabled and uses popsicle sticks and crayon for Midwestern architecture drawings, a public platform.
2. It was 1997 when Frank Gehry and Associates completed Spain’s FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa, bringing the namesake founder and Interior Design Hall of Fame member international acclaim and providing an exhibition space for Spanish artists, including Pello Irazu, whose mixed-media Life Forms 304 appears there in “Panorama” through June 25.
3. Why not throw a dinner party for your 20th anniversary? That’s what the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS Dining by Design fundraiser did—and does annually in New York—corralling such luminaries as the Rockwell Group, Hariri & Hariri Architecture, and the late Ali Tayar to cook up the most tasteful of settings.
4. Oki Sato and Interior Design Hall of Fame member Patrick Jouin should say grazie mille to the SaloneSatellite, Marva Griffin Wilshire’s 20-year-old fair for designers under 35 within Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile that helped launch their molto successful careers.
5. The Glass House, in New Canaan, Connecticut, was designed by Philip Johnson in 1949, but it opened to the public 10 years ago, which Hermès is honoring with a limited-edition silk scarf featuring a design by Johnson collaborator Elaine Lustig Cohen.
6. “A Year of Yes: Re-imagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum” acknowledges the institution’s decade-old Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art with 10 exhibitions that feature such artworks as Marilyn Minter’s enamel on metal Blue Poles.