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"A Century of Design, Part III: 1950–1975"
2000-11-28 until 2001-04-01
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY,
This is the third in a four-part series of exhibitions surveying design in the 20th
century through the presentation of significant objects in all media by major European
modernist designers, drawn from the Museum's collection. The more than 50 works on
view display the wide range of idioms and the artistic exploration of new materials,
technologies, and aesthetics that characterized design in Europe and America from the
postwar years to the postmodern era.
The exhibition follows the continuation of organic
modernism in America and Scandinavia, the rise of the studio craft movement, the
resurgence of Italian modernist design, and the influence of Pop Art and other
avant-garde movements on design and decoration. Included are works by such leading
designers as Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Verner Panton, Hans Wegner,
Wharton Esherick, Joe Colombo, Piero Fornasetti, Gio Ponti, Lella and Massimo
Vignelli, and Richard Sapper.