How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior
October 23, 2016
through April 23, 2017
In the early 1930s, Alfred J. Barr and Philip Johnson transformed the museum world by establishing the Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Architecture and Design and extending the museum’s scope to include architecture, photography, graphic design, furniture, industrial design, and film. Since then, curators have focused on the question “How should we live?” as one of the most vital issues in contemporary design. See how Modernist designers answered that question through this exhibition, which features frequently neglected elements of domestic interiors, exhibition displays, and retail spaces of the 1920s-1950s, such as textiles, wallpaper, and kitchens. Highlights include recent acquisitions from projects by major women architect-designers: furnishings from Eileen Gray’s E-1027 (1929), Charlotte Perriand’s study bedroom from the Maison du Brésil (1959), and Grete Lihotzky’s Frankfurt Kitchen (1926-27), among others. Visitors can immerse themselves (with a coffee in hand) in a contemporary evocation of Lilly Reich’s 1927 Velvet-Silk Café at the Die Mode der Dame (Women’s fashion) exhibition in Weimar-era Berlin.
Through April 23
Museum of Modern Art
Week of October 23rd
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