‘Designing Women III: Mother’ at Egg Collective / New York City 2021

Vignette from Designing Women III exhibition. Pelle's Lure Radiata on the wall and a Vignelli coffee table in the foreground.
Poster for Designing Women III exhibition in 2021.
List of participating artists and designers in Designing Women III exhibition in 2021.
List of sponsors and curators of Designing Women III exhibition in 2021.
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    Exhibition Title:
    ‘Designing Women III: Mother’


    Egg Collective
    New York, New York

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From Egg Collective:

Egg Collective is pleased to present Designing Women III: MOTHER, the third in a series of group exhibitions focused on highlighting women in art and design. Featuring the works of 28 contemporary and historical artists and designers, who also happen to be mothers, the Designing Women III: MOTHER exhibition seeks to foster a conversation about how women have achieved success, blazed trails, and furthered their craft over time.

To stand amongst the historical pieces included in Designing Women III: MOTHER offers a compelling look at the work and careers of the historical artists and designers, such as Louise Bourgeois, Eva Zeisel and Imogen Cunningham, noting the struggles that appeared along their paths of motherhood/creator and their eventual critical success. Living legends like Faith Ringgold, Maria Pergay and Loretta Pettway Bennett all of whom produced works, both political and formal, bridging the Civil Rights Movement and the Women’s Liberation Movement, serve as present day luminaries. To look at the works of many of the contemporary artists and designers exhibited, is to view the output of those that are in the struggle presently, navigating the roles of mother and artist/designer during a global pandemic. Their paths are still unfolding. They are the lives in process, the bodies of work still undetermined. Each a link in the chain of trailblazers.

Pelle debuted their work Lure Radiata at the “Designing Women III: Mother” exhibition at the Tribeca showroom of Egg Collective. The Lure Radiata is the fourth iteration in the Lure Collection that seeks to reimagine a formal vocabulary for light fixtures through hand-cast cotton paper and color.

Designing Women III: MOTHER was a curatorial collaboration between design studio Egg Collective (Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie) and artist Tealia Ellis Ritter. The exhibition built upon Egg Collective’s previous exhibitions, Designing Women (2017) and Designing Women II: Masters, Mavericks, and Mavens (2018), all of which sought to foster a dialogue about women in the applied and fine arts. Historical and contemporary works of both fine art and design were presented.

The exhibition ran from May 3rd through 29th, 2021.