The Museum of Modern Art presents Designing Modern Women, 1890–1990

October 05, 2013–October 01, 2014

Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor

Designing Modern Women 1890–1990: Gae Aulenti (Italian, 1930–2012). Table with Wheels (model 2652). 1980. Glass, metal and rubber, h. 11 1/4 x w. 27 1/2 x l. 54 5/8″ (h. 28.6 x w. 69.9 x l. 138.7 cm). Mfr.: Fontana Arte, Italy. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Donn Golden. © 2013 Sergio Asti

Designing Modern Women 1890–1990: Gae Aulenti (Italian, 1930–2012). Table with Wheels (model 2652). 1980. Glass, metal and rubber, h. 11 1/4 x w. 27 1/2 x l. 54 5/8″ (h. 28.6 x w. 69.9 x l. 138.7 cm). Mfr.: Fontana Arte, Italy. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Donn Golden. © 2013 Sergio Asti

Modern design of the 20th century was profoundly shaped and enhanced by the creativity of women—as muses of modernity and shapers of new ways of living, and as designers, patrons, performers and educators. This installation, Designing Modern Women 1890–1990, drawn entirely from MoMA’s collection, celebrates the diversity and vitality of individual artists’ engagement in the modern world, from Loïe Fuller’s pulsating turn-of-the-century performances to April Greiman’s 1980s computer-generated graphics, at the vanguard of early digital design. Highlights include the first display of a newly conserved kitchen by Charlotte Perriand with Le Corbusier (1952) from the Unité d’Habitation housing project, furniture and designs by Lilly Reich, Eileen Gray, Eva Zeisel, Ray Eames, Lella Vignelli, and Denise Scott Brown; textiles by Anni Albers and Eszter Haraszty; ceramics by Lucy Rie; a display of 1960s psychedelic concert posters by graphic designer Bonnie Maclean, and a never-before-seen selection of posters and graphic material from the punk era.

Karin Schou Andersen (Danish, born 1953). Flatware. 1979. ABS polymer and stainless steel, fork: 7 1/8 x 1 1/2 x 5/8″ (18.1 x 3.8 x 1.6 cm), spoon: 7 1/4 x 1 3/4 x 3/4″ (18.4 x 4.5 x 1.9 cm), knife: 5 1/4 x 4 x 5/8″ (13.3 x 10.2 x 1.6 cm). Mfr.: Amefa Alpeldoornse, Apeldoorne, The Netherlands. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the manufacturer

Karin Schou Andersen (Danish, born 1953). Flatware. 1979. ABS polymer and stainless steel, fork: 7 1/8 x 1 1/2 x 5/8″ (18.1 x 3.8 x 1.6 cm), spoon: 7 1/4 x 1 3/4 x 3/4″ (18.4 x 4.5 x 1.9 cm), knife: 5 1/4 x 4 x 5/8″ (13.3 x 10.2 x 1.6 cm). Mfr.: Amefa Alpeldoornse, Apeldoorne, The Netherlands. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the manufacturer

Libuše Niklová (Czech, 1934–1981). Buffalo, Elephant and Giraffe. Original c. 1970, reproduced 2011. Plastic, dimensions variable, Giraffe height is 39 3/8″ (100 cm). Mfr.: Fatra, Napajedla, Czechoslovakia.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Century of the Child Exhibition Fund

Libuše Niklová (Czech, 1934–1981). Buffalo, Elephant and Giraffe. Original c. 1970, reproduced 2011. Plastic, dimensions variable, Giraffe height is 39 3/8″ (100 cm). Mfr.: Fatra, Napajedla, Czechoslovakia. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Century of the Child Exhibition Fund

Magda Mautner von Markhof (Austrian, 1881-1944). Kalenderbilderbuch (Calendar Picture Book). 1905. Woodcut, 4 x 9 1/4 x 1/2″ (10.2 x 23.5 x 1.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder

Magda Mautner von Markhof (Austrian, 1881-1944). Kalenderbilderbuch (Calendar Picture Book). 1905. Woodcut, 4 x 9 1/4 x 1/2″ (10.2 x 23.5 x 1.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder

Marianne Brandt (German, 1893–1983). Teapot. 1924. Nickel silver and ebony, dimensions variable, height 7″ (17.8 cm).  Mfr.: Bauhaus Metal Workshop, Germany. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Phyllis B. Lambert Fund

Marianne Brandt (German, 1893–1983). Teapot. 1924. Nickel silver and ebony, dimensions variable, height 7″ (17.8 cm). Mfr.: Bauhaus Metal Workshop, Germany. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Phyllis B. Lambert Fund

The gallery’s ‘graphics corner’ first explores the changing role and visual imagery of The New Woman through a selection of posters created between 1890 and 1938; in April 2014 the focus will shift to Women at War, an examination of the iconography and varied roles of women in times of conflict, commemorating the centennial of the outbreak of World War I.

Charlotte Perriand (French, 1903–1999), with Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret; French, born Switzerland. 1887–1965), and ATBAT. Kitchen from the Unité d’Habitation, Marseille, France. c. 1952. Various materials, 88 x 105 1/2 x 72″ (223.5 x 268 x 182.9 cm). Mfr.: Charles Barberis, Menuiseries modernes, Corsica. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Andrea Woodner, 2011

Charlotte Perriand (French, 1903–1999), with Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret; French, born Switzerland. 1887–1965), and ATBAT. Kitchen from the Unité d’Habitation, Marseille, France. c. 1952. Various materials, 88 x 105 1/2 x 72″ (223.5 x 268 x 182.9 cm). Mfr.: Charles Barberis, Menuiseries modernes, Corsica. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Andrea Woodner, 2011

Eileen Gray (British, born Ireland. 1879–1976). Screen. 1922. Lacquered wood and metal rods, 74 1/2 x 53 1/2 x 3/4″ (189.2 x 135.9 x 1.9 cm). Mfr.: Eileen Gray Workshop, Paris. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Hector Guimard Fund

Eileen Gray (British, born Ireland. 1879–1976). Screen. 1922. Lacquered wood and metal rods, 74 1/2 x 53 1/2 x 3/4″ (189.2 x 135.9 x 1.9 cm). Mfr.: Eileen Gray Workshop, Paris. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Hector Guimard Fund

Helene Haasbauer-Wallrath (Swiss, 1885–1968). Die Praktische Küche (The practical kitchen). 1930. Lithograph, 35 1/2 x 50″ (90.2 x 127 cm). Printer: W. Wasserman, Basel.  Gift of Jim Lapides and the Architecture & Design Purchase Fund

Helene Haasbauer-Wallrath (Swiss, 1885–1968). Die Praktische Küche (The practical kitchen). 1930. Lithograph, 35 1/2 x 50″ (90.2 x 127 cm). Printer: W. Wasserman, Basel. Gift of Jim Lapides and the Architecture & Design Purchase Fund

Linder [Linder Sterling] (British, born 1954). Buzzcocks, Orgasm Addict. 1977. Lithograph, 39″ x 28 ¾” (99.1 x 73 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Lawrence Benenson. Image courtesy of the artist

Linder [Linder Sterling] (British, born 1954). Buzzcocks, Orgasm Addict. 1977. Lithograph, 39″ x 28 ¾” (99.1 x 73 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Lawrence Benenson. Image courtesy of the artist

Organized by Juliet Kinchin, Curator, and Luke Baker, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design. The Architecture and Design Collection Exhibitions are made possible by Hyundai Card. Additional support for Designing Modern Women, 1890–1990 is provided by The Modern Women’s Fund.