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In Brief: Thom Browne’s Silver Spectacular, Bridget Riley Honored, Incense and Holograms for Frieze

• Madcap madras meets spaceman chic in an elegant Parisian garden? Only Thom Browne could pull off that improbable combination and garnish it with giant silver Slinkys (“spring has spring”), from which his glimmering models emerged in a rainbow of exploded prepster motifs (watch a video of the presentation here). Providing a spectacular close to the spring 2013 menswear shows marked the start of a busy July for Browne, who heads to the White House Friday to join the other 2012 National Design Award recipients for a luncheon hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. Here’s hoping that Browne dons a sample from his latest collection for the festivities (might we suggest look #18, at right?).

• In other National Design Awards news, the Cooper-Hewitt has selected this year’s Design Patron: Red Burns, an arts professor and chief collaborations officer for the interactive telecommunications program at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She is being recognized for her role as founder of ITP and for her innovations and achievements in the field of communication technology, the museum announced yesterday. During the 1970s, as head of NYU’s Alternate Media Center, she designed and directed a series of telecommunications projects, including two-way television for and by senior citizens, telecommunications applications to serve the developmentally disabled, and one of the first Teletext field trials in the United States (at WETA in Washington, D.C.).

• Across the pond, Bridget Riley has been honored with the Rubens Prize, a lifetime achievement award of sorts that is presented every five years by the city of Siegen, Germany (Rubens’s birthplace) to a painter living in Europe. Past winners include Francis Bacon, Cy Twombly, and Sigmar Polke. An exhibition of Riley’s work is on view through November 11 at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen.

• Mark your calendar for “Manhattanhendge.” Thursday is one of two days each year when the setting sun aligns precisely with Manhattan’s street grid, and the Museum of the City of New York is celebrating with an evening program that comes as the sun also sets on its current exhibition, “The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011,” which closes Sunday. Curator Hilary Ballon will reflect on the master plan and Matt Knutzen, who holds the impressive title of geospatial librarian at the New York Public Library, will explore the question: “Is the grid some sort of time piece?”

• Are holographic docents the new AcoustiGuides? Find out this fall at Frieze London (October 11-14), as Cécile B. Evans brings to quasi-life her Emdash award-winning proposal to create an audio guide to the art fair accompanied by a holographic “host.” Meanwhile, among the newly announced Frieze Projects commissions is that of Joanna Rajkowska, whose work “will invite contemplation and reflection by transforming an area of Regent’s Park into a field of smoking incense.”

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