New York University’s Grey Art Gallery is pleased to present the first exhibition to focus on the groundbreaking collaboration between Alfred Barr, the Museum of Modern Art’s first director, and Philip Johnson, its first curator of architecture. On view from September 7 through December 9, 2017, Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson illuminates the roles played by these two pioneers of international modernism in promoting design and expanding its study to encompass quotidian objects.
"“Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson,” at the Grey Art Gallery in Washington Square, is the story of two men and a whole country. The men are men of MoMA — the first museum with a curatorial department dedicated to architecture and design, which preached the gospel of the International Style both in New York and via touring exhibitions. The country is the United States — to which they imported, wholesale, a European industrial aesthetic meant to wash away Prairie Style organicism and Art Deco ornament."