Partners in Design

Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson

September 7–December 9, 2017

Partners in Design:
Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson

Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson explores how Alfred Barr, the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) first director, and Philip Johnson, the curator of architecture, introduced modern design to North America. The exhibition’s story begins when Barr and Johnson traveled to Europe in the late 1920s and early 1930s and discovered that leading European architects—such as Le Corbusier, J. J. P. Oud, and  Ludwig Mies van der Rohe–were rejecting ornament in favor of a purity of form. Barr and Johnson dubbed this new architectural language “International Style.” Featuring more than 100 objects—including furniture, photographs, and industrial and graphic design—the exhibition traces the development of modern design from its origins at Bauhaus to Barr and Johnson’s radical experiments in their homes in New York City to MoMA’s nationally influential exhibition in the 1930s and beyond. Partners in Design is organized by the Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design and is accompanied by an illustrated publication.

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Starts Thursday, Sep 07, 2017
Ends Saturday, Dec 09, 2017
Curator David A. Hanks
Organized by Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, Montréal, in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Credits

Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson is organized by the Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, Montreal, in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition has signature organizational support from the Terra Foundation for American Art, as well as support from public and private funders, including the Birks Family Foundation and the Drummond Foundation. Support for the catalogue was provided by the Phyllis Lambert Foundation, the Council for Canadian American Relations, the Lee Anderson Memorial Foundation and Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund. Funding for the presentation at the Grey Art Gallery is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Agnes Gund; Susan and Steven Jacobson; the Grey’s Director’s Circle, Inter/National Council, and Friends; and the Abby Weed Grey Trust.

 

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Exhibition Types: Design