Everything But the Orgy Truck: Shopping for Radical Architecture at MoMA, 1972

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Abstract

Following a week of exclusive events and private viewings, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York officially opened its ambitious exhibition, Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, to the public on 26 May 1972. In addition to 180 consumer objects designed over the preceding decade, the exhibition also brought together eleven ‘environment’ installations commissioned and constructed specifically for the show. For exhibition curator Emilio Ambasz, recent developments in Italian design were interesting beyond any basic stylistic considerations. They demonstrated what he saw as a ‘growing awareness of design understood as an activity whereby man creates artefacts in order to mediate between his fears and aspirations and the pressures imposed by the natural and cultural world’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOn Discomfort
Subtitle of host publicationMoments in a Modern History of Architectural Culture
EditorsDavid Ellison, Andrew Leach
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon, UK
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter7
Pages80-97
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)978-1-4724-5533-8
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameOn Discomfort: Moments in a Modern History of Architectural Culture
PublisherRoutledge

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