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"Mood River: An International Exhibition Examing Impact of Design on Contemporary Life"
2002-02-04 until 2002-05-26
Wexner Center for the Arts
Columbus, OH, USA

Mood River, an innovative international design and art exhibition, opened at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, on February 3, 2002. The exhibition comprises an eclectic array of more than 2,000 contemporary objects from the worlds of commerce, culture, and art, installed to create an immersive environment that evokes a range of moods. By illuminating the unexpected aesthetic connections among diverse objects, Mood River brings to light the forms, materials, textures, and colors that make today look and feel like today. The exhibition, which is installed throughout the Center’s galleries, as well as outside the building, remains on view through May 26, 2002.

Wexner Center Director Sherri Geldin says, “In addition to being a visual feast, Mood River offers compelling evidence of the power of design to shape our sense of the world. Boldly conjoining art and design in their survey, the curators reveal and magnify surprising simultaneities across diverse creative practices and disciplines. They strike a deft balance between the aesthetics of function and the function of aesthetics.” Lead sponsor for Mood River is Battelle, supporting the exhibition with a generous gift of $250,000. “Battelle is very proud to be the lead sponsor of Mood River,” says Carl F. Kohrt, Battelle President and CEO. “The message conveyed through Mood River strongly supports Battelle’s objective of educating a global community about the value of combining art and science to achieve new innovations.”

Mood River -- inspired by the landmark 1934 exhibition Machine Art, which was organized for The Museum of Modern Art, New York, by legendary architect Philip Johnson -- includes work by approximately 200 artists, designers, and design firms from 12 countries. Recent work by such renowned designers as Hussein Chalayan, Greg Lynn, Ross Lovegrove, Issey Miyake, Elsa Peretti, Philippe Starck, and a host of up-and- coming talents will be on view alongside the work of such artists as Frank Stella, E.V. Day, John Chamberlain, Siobhán Hapaska, Rachael Neubauer, and Tony Cragg.

Among the items included are toothbrushes, lamps, tools, shoes, computers, car taillights, chairs, paintings, sculptures, a piano, a table that turns into a skirt, a 12-foot model of the F-117A Stealth Fighter, and a working skate bowl. By taking these and other items out of their usual contexts, and installing them adjacent to each other, Mood River enables viewers to better appreciate the aesthetic attributes they share. Mood River is organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts. The exhibition is co-curated by Jeffrey Kipnis, curator of architecture and design, and Annetta Massie, associate curator, both of the Wexner Center; the installation is designed by architect Jose Oubrerie, with lighting design by John Bohuslawsky, both of The Ohio State University.

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