M+ curators Tina Pang and Shirley Surya explore three Steiner projects from the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, respectively.

Unbox M+: Henry Steiner’s Design Archive

📹📃 Video transcript for Unbox M+: Henry Steiner’s Design Archive

Join us inside the studio of graphic designer Henry Steiner, whose work has shaped the identities of some of Hong Kong’s most influential organisations, as we prepare to bring his archive into M+ storage.

In this video, M+ curators Tina Pang and Shirley Surya explore three Steiner projects from the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, respectively: the pioneering The Asia Magazine, his inventive HSBC annual reports and magazines, and the branding of the exclusive The I Club.

A video in which two curators, each speaking via video chat, hold a presentation accompanied by a slideshow.

How Did You Two Meet? Moving Image Beyond the Camera

How did you two meet? is a ‘recipe’ for a public programme from the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal. The CCA invited us to put our spin on this recipe at M+. Our How did you two meet? recipe goes like this: Pick two seemingly disconnected objects in the M+ Collections, usually by juxtaposing one of the oldest with one of the newest objects, and narrate a story that connects them.

This time, curators delved into M+’s Moving Image collection. Ulanda Blair, Curator, Moving Image, introduced one of the oldest moving image works in the collection, and Chanel Kong, Associate Curator, Moving Image, introduced one of the newest. Both works will be on view to the public next year.

Monochrome video depicting a medium-sized dog in motion, running across a lawn next to a person’s legs.

Conversing with Corpses and Dogs: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook’s Resonant Videos

Thai artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook exposes and challenges social conventions. From helping unclaimed corpses pass into the next spiritual realm, to joyously frolicking with a rescued, paralysed dog, her moving image pieces are uniquely touching and confrontational.

This year, her meditations on death and her focus on marginalised societal narratives feel especially prescient. Below, Ulanda Blair, M+ Curator, Moving Image, takes a timely look at Rasdjarmrearnsook’s works in the M+ Collections.

A view down the bridge deck of the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge. The bridge deck is a wooden deck surrounded by a truss structure that starts in light blue and then transitions into yellow.

Bridges in Minnesota: Remembering Siah Armajani

Siah Armajani (1939–2020), one of the most distinctive voices in international contemporary art, passed away on 27 August 2020. Born in Iran in 1939, Armajani moved to Minnesota in 1960 and lived there for over sixty years. His protean, experimental practice encompassed installations, public art, sculptures, and works on paper. M+ has three historic works by Armajani in the M+ Collections.

Doryun Chong, M+ Deputy Director, Curatorial and Chief Curator, spent six years in Minnesota, where he worked at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis from 2003 to 2009. Below, Chong shares his personal reflections on Armajani’s work after his passing.