MoMA and Modern Living

The Museum of Modern Art has played a crucial role in narrating twentieth-century domestic design since its inception in 1929. Highlighting materials in the museum’s design collection, library, and archives, this course explores the complex collaborative partnerships and processes that have shaped the modern domestic landscape in Europe and the US. Attention is focused on the networks—professional, commercial, institutional, and personal—through which revolutionary new tendencies were promoted, and on the ways in which narratives of modern design have been presented in the context of the museum. 3 credits.