Steven Learner

After years of working with curators, gallerists and collectors, in addition to curating the galleries, studios, and institutions presenting at Collective Design fair, Learner is now focused on discrete curatorial projects, seamlessly blending art and design into cohesive and thought-provoking exhibitions.

In 2020, Learner was invited to create a special exhibition for Frieze New York, marking their first exhibition dedicated to design. Collaborating with Libby Sellers, a London-based gallerist and curator, Learner presented “Color and Production: From the Atom to the Void.”  

The wide-ranging, multi-media exhibition showcased color through the lens of historical developments and technology with examples by modern and contemporary artists and designers such as Dan Flavin, Anni Albers, Bruno Munari, Formafantasma, Ettore Sottsass, Shiro Kuramata, Hella Jongerius, Gaetano Pesce, Donald Judd, and others, provided by an international mix of participating galleries: David Zwirner, Andrew Kreps, Massimo De Carlo, Sean Kelly Gallery, Bortolami, Friedman Benda, Galerie Kreo, Nilufar, and Volume Gallery.
ON THE EDGE, November 2021

For the first online show hosted by Collective Design fair, Learner united a group of independent designers for “On the Edge,” providing a diverse selection of furniture, ceramics, and lighting, each exploring balance and symmetry. Pieces made specifically for the show included a mirror series in gold and silver leaf by Callidus Guild, a side table of Madagascar ebony and nickel-plated stainless steel by Sam Stewart and the premiere of a skeletal homage to the Eames’ LCW chair by a new, Montreal-based talent, Will Choui.

This show offered “insider” access to his personal roster of designers drawn from years in the interiors world, creating a vetted directory of top talents shoppable online.
SÉLAVY BY DI DONNA, November 2023

Learner was invited to curate a series of shows of art & design objects in collaboration with Sélavy by Di Donna, the hybrid offshoot of the storied Manhattan gallery. For this first show he developed a light and open concept for the “Rock / Paper / Scissors” exhibition. Inspired by the popular hand game, the assembled objects emphasize their respective materiality and celebrate the playful, often intricate artistic techniques employed in their creation — including paper collage, carved stone, and manipulated metal fabrications.

The show includes works from modern masters and artists working today such as Ian Collings, Alma Allen, Jean (Hans) Arp, Andrea Branzi, Alexander Calder, Irene Cataneo, Tara Donovan, Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana, Frank Gehry, Rogan Gregory, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Yayoi Kusama, Alicja Kwade, Isamu Noguchi, Claes Oldenburg, Rick Owens, Man Ray, Ed Ruscha, Robert Stadler, Faye Toogood, and Andy Warhol.
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