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Past Exhibitions


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Modern By Design

June 4–August 21, 2011

As part of the High’s ongoing collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, Modern by Design presents groundbreaking designs of the past, present, and future.

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“To me art, design, and science, although traditionally different, have many similar universal qualities. They express human curiosity and inventiveness in the most profound way. When scientists make use of the freedom and emotional creativity of artists, and artists make use of the skill and discipline of scientists, great things can happen.” — Joris Laarman


As part of the High’s ongoing collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, Modern by Design presents groundbreaking designs of the past, present, and future. The exhibition features a selection of works chronicling three key moments in MoMA’s design collection and exhibition history—“Machine Art” (1934); “Good Design” (1950-1955); and “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” (1972). Nearly 150 objects created by over 120 of the most influential artists and designers of the twentieth century are included.

Also on view are a group of late-twentieth- and early-twenty-first–century designs drawn from the High’s own growing permanent collection. Two new major commissioned installations by Dutch designer Joris Laarman and the Japanese design collective nendo are featured: Laarman’s “Digital Matter” and nendo’s “Visible Structures.” In total, eleven artists represent the diversity and international character of the field today.

Featured artists and designers include Ron Arad, FRONT Design, Johanna Grawunder, Zaha Hadid, Hella Jongerius, Patrick Jouin, Shiro Kuramata, Joris Laarman, nendo, Marc Newson, and Ettore Sottsass Jr.

Organization and Support

This exhibition is a collaboration between The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

The exhibitions and programs of the MoMA Series are made possible by Presenting Sponsor Bank of America, Lead Sponsors: Portman, The Gary W. and Ruth M. Rollins Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Accenture, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., and Planning Partner The Rich Foundation. The Modern Masters Circle: Margaretta Taylor, Sue and John Wieland. Additional support provided by Carey and Doug Benham, Dr. Robert L. and Lucinda W. Bunnen, Mr. and Mrs. Holcombe T. Green, Jr., Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot, Paul Hagedorn, Jane and Clay Jackson, Barbara and Sanford Orkin, Catherine N. Rawson, Sara and John Shlesinger, Joan Whitcomb, Tull Charitable Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, Vasser Woolley Foundation and the Wish Foundation. Support also provided by the Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund and the Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.