Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Museum of Modern Art: MoMA isn't a Japanese Cartoon Character

Architecture & Design
The Collection, Explore, Museum of Modern Art

"The world's first curatorial department devoted to architecture and design was established in 1932 at The Museum of Modern Art. From its inception ... the recognition that architecture and design are allied and interdependent arts, so that synthesis has been a founding premise ... Including 28,000 works ranging from large-scale design objects to works on paper and architectural models ... Starting with the reform ideology established by the Arts and Crafts movement ... includes the Mies van der Rohe Archive ... even a helicopter...."

"Installation view of the exhibition, Just in: Recent Acquisitions from the Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, December 21, 2007–November 30, 2008. Photo by Thomas Griesel. © The Museum of Modern Art."
(from MoMA, used w/o permission)

All that text, starting with "The world's first curatorial department," is from one paragraph. One really long paragraph.

It didn't take the Lemming very long to find a link leading to photos and text showing what the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA for short, has in it's Architecture and Design collection.

Right now, they're featuring "Study for Fruit Bowl (with Apple), project, Aerial perspective," by "Ettore Sottsass (Italian, born Austria. 1917-2007)." For 'modern art,' it looks an awful lot like a fruit bowl with apple. In shades of gray.

Maybe 'modern' art has gotten over trying to sell The Masses on spatters of paint and dumpster leavings. And that's another topic.

Seriously? This looks like a pretty good way for the Lemming to visit a major museum, without dealing with city traffic. And that's yet another topic.

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