Eat Your Heart Out, HAL
The Museum of Modern Art’s exhibit “Talk to Me,” opening Sunday, explores the ways in which humans and machines coexist, and its findings range between eye-opening and utterly terrifying. Standout pieces include Sascha Nordmeyer’s Communication Prosthesis, a plastic smile designed to force the socially inept to communicate a range of human emotion, and Konstantin Datz’s Rubik’s Cube for the Blind, the classic toy made in Braille (11 W. 53rd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-708-9400; moma.org).
Reduce, Reuse, Retail
New York has been awash in flea markets lately, but we haven’t seen one quite like this. Dekalb Market, an acre-long bazaar with a two dozen-odd booths inside of recycled shipping containers, hits Downtown Brooklyn this Saturday (see Grub Street for a partial list of vendors). In the center of the market will be BBox Radio, which won the Not Just a Container design contest by placing an entire radio station into one metal box (332 Flatbush Ave. Ext., nr. Willoughby St.; dekalbmarket.com; open daily, 10am-7pm through December).
A Melting Pot From Miami
Not just anyone can marry South Florida minimalism with international antiques and lots of raw natural materials, but Raul Carrasco appears to be a mash-up master. The Miami designer’s first New York store, now open on Greene Street, demonstrates his heterogeneous tastes in the form of long, low sofas and chairs; ceramics from the Ming dynasty; and huge chunks of petrified wood buffed into impressive pedestals (59 Greene St., nr. Broome St.; 212-966-6112; raulcarrasco.com).
Room With a Lot of Views
Photographer Scott Frances, whose reverent portraits of some of the world’s most lavish homes are currently on display at the Decoration & Design Building, hosts a gallery talk and book-signing this Thursday. The author of MonoVisioN, for which the show is named, began his career shooting for Richard Meier, whose influence in seen in the photographer’s clean lines and appreciation for how architecture fits into the natural environment (222 E. 59th St., at Third Ave.; 212-759-8815; ddbuilding.com; M-F, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; through 8/19)