Paola Antonelli, the design curator of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, has been promoted to the position of senior curator of the museum’s department of architecture and design.
Antonelli, who has organised some of MoMA’s most significant design exhibitions, moves up after 13 years at the museum. She held the title of associate curator from 1994, and that of curator from 2000.
MoMA director Glenn D Lowry says, ‘The title of senior curator indicates exceptional merit and is among the highest distinctions the museum can offer. Paola Antonelli has successfully helped to establish design as a significant area of study and has promoted its wider understanding by an ever growing and appreciative audience.’
Among the MoMA exhibitions Antonelli has curated are Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design (1995), Workspheres (2001) and Digitally Remastered: Recent Acquisitions from the Museum’s Collection (2006-7).
She is currently working on Design and the Elastic Mind, opening on 24 February 2008.
Antonelli has lectured extensively on architecture and design and is a senior fellow of the Royal College of Art, London.
She also earned the Smithsonian Institution’s National Design Award in 2006, and in 2007 was named one of the 25 most incisive design visionaries by Time Magazine.