Since joining The Museum of Modern Art in 2008 as Curator of Modern Design in the Department of Architecture and Design, I have organized exhibitions including ‘What Was Good Design? MoMA’s Message 1939-55,’ ‘Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen,’ ‘Postwar Polish Posters,’ ‘New Typography,’ ‘Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000,’ ‘Designing Modern Women 1900-2000,’ ‘Brute Material, Fiber into Form,’ and ‘Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye.’ Current projects include forthcoming exhibitions ‘How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior’ and a section of ‘Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive.’ As a curator, university professor, and writer on aspects of twentieth-century design and material culture, I have a longstanding interest in the social and political contexts of modern design, gender issues, and the culture of Central and Eastern Europe. I have worked as a curator in Glasgow Museums and Art Galleries and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, where I was formerly the Founding Director of the graduate program in Decorative Arts and Design History. I have also held faculty positions in the history of art and design at the Glasgow School of Art, and Bard Graduate Center in 1999 and 2002-03, where I participated in the exhibition and related publication on architect-designer E.W. Godwin.

Selected Recent Publications

Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000 (2012)

Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen

Art and Gastronomia

Essays in Bauhaus 1919-1933:Workshops for Modernity (2009)

Modern Women- Women Artists in the Museum of Modern Art

Hungarian Pottery, Politics and identity: Re-representing the Ceramic Art of Margit Kovacs 1902-77
(The Journal of Modern Craft, 2009)

In the Eye of the Storm: Lili Markus and Stories of Hungarian Craft, Design and Architecture 1930-1960

Performance and the Reflected Self: Modern Stagings of Domestic Space, 1860-1914 (
Studies in the Decorative Arts, 2008)

‘Hungary, Shaping a National Consciousness’ in The Arts and Crafts Movement in Europe and America
(LACMA, 2004)