- The Museum of Art and Design has announced the upcoming show "Studio Job," the first solo exhibition at an American museum on the work of collaborators Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, who established the atelier in Antwerp in 2000. For the past 15 years, the two have developed a distinctive body of highly expressive and opulent work characterized by narrative, pattern, ornament, and historical, political, and personal references. Studio Job's commitment to upholding traditional techniques of skilled craftsmanship reflects an ongoing interest in the revival of historical applied arts practices, such as bronze casting, gilding, marquetry, and stained glass, but with a contemporary twist. Melding art, craft, and design, they operate in the manner of an Old Master artist studio, as established by the guild system of Europe in the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. Smeets and Tynagel, both graduates of the Design Academy Eindhoven, where they met, draw inspiration from their itinerant education traveling throughout Europe to visit important historical collections of art and decorative arts. The show, which will open next spring will be curated by Ronald T. Labaco.