MoMA to show prefab housing

New York’s Museum of Modern Art has unveiled its design programme for the coming 18 months.

New York’s Museum of Modern Art has unveiled its design programme for the coming 18 months.

At a lunch yesterday hosted by London counterpart Tate director Nicholas Serota, MoMA director Glenn Lowry presented the internationally renowned museum’s forthcoming major shows, including Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling, a two-part exhibition, opening on 20 July, which will present physical designs as well as explore the history of prefabricated housing.

The show will present five pivotal designs including Kieran Timberlake’s Cellophane House, Horden Cherry Lee’s Micro Compact Home and Jean Prouvé’s La Maison Tropicale, which was collaboratively shown by Tate Modern and the Design Museum earlier this year.

Serota assures there will be further collaboration between the Design Museum and Tate Modern throughout 2009, alluding that plans are in progress, but declines to give further details.

MoMA’s department of photography assistant curator Eva Respini has organised Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West, an exploration of photography’s depiction of the Amercian West, and set to be MoMA’s spring photography showpiece for 2009.

The exhibition will feature the work of about 70 photographers including Cindy Sherman and Diane Arbus.

Other forthcoming highlights will include artist Pipilotti Rist’s multimedia installation on The Donald B and Catherine C Marron Atrium from November.

MoMA has commissioned the Swiss artist to create a monumental site-specific installation that immerses the Museum’s Marron Atrium in 8m-high moving images.

Visitors will be able to experience the work while walking through the space or sitting upon sculptural seating islands designed by the artist.

Within the design galleries, Lowry reveals that curator Paola Antonelli is looking at the next phase of the museum’s design policy – evaluating the state of design – though the next stage is not due for another three years at least.

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