Q: What designs stand the test of time? 🤔
“Good design [...] survives temporary and superficial changes.” –Serge Chermayeff, Curator of “Design For Use” exhibition at MoMA, 1944. Share your favorite classic designs in the comments below and explore more iconic objects in #valueofgooddesign.
[Credits: Charles Eames, Ray Eames. “Prototype for Chaise Longue (La Chaise).” 1948. Hard rubber foam, plastic, wood, and metal. Gift of the designers; Richard James, Betty James. “Slinky.” 1945. Steel]
Happy birthday to #henrirousseau, born on this day in 1844! The self-taught artist—unable to paint full time until his retirement from working as a customs agent in 1893—centered his work on precise, exotic renditions of jungle scenes despite never leaving his home country of France. “He’s a great example of an artist that won’t give up on himself, on his work,” says guest assistant Larissa De Jesus. Hear what emerging artists can learn from the French post-impressionist painter in her gallery talk. #momacollection#otd
[Featured work: Henri Rousseau. “The Dream.” 1910. Oil on canvas. Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller]
Celebrate the warm weather with an evening outdoors at @momaps1's second annual Springtoberfest, a one-night-only beer garden on Friday, May 17, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy selections from Long Island City breweries and food vendors, plus, enjoy a DJ set by @jadalareign, outdoor screenings, and after-hours access to the galleries to explore current exhibitions. Tickets: mo.ma/natm (link in bio)
“...instead of showing you an example of that work realized as an object, only the text was presented. You could therefore make the work in your mind, or at home, or in the space. That was a really radical move, because it was one of the very first instances where the idea itself was the work of art.” –Chief curator Christophe Cherix on #yokoono's “22 Instructions for Paintings”
For Ono, the concept and the potential for a work to be made are just as important as the object itself. Learn more about how this recent #momacollection acquisition—a group of small texts written in Japanese describing works to be realized—fits into Ono’s career and invites viewers to collaborate with the artist in making a work: mo.ma/instructions (link in bio) #womeninculture
[Credit: Yoko Ono. “Instructions for Paintings.” 1961–1962. Ink on paper. 22 sheets. Gilbert B. & Lila Silverman Collection, Detroit]
Our ability to discern the truth seems to be increasingly more difficult to achieve. We are bombarded, daily, on television, in print media, and most particularly on the Internet, with a growing mountain of information and images - how can we begin to address and understand all of this information and its relationship to the truth?
💭 How do we define the truth?
💭 Would you be more likely to believe something that you see or something that you read?
💭 Are there any differences in the truth that is presented in an image versus that which is defined in a text?
💭 Can looking at works of art help us to build a better understanding of the truth? How?
💭 Can looking at and discussing works of art help us to think about pressing social matters and concerns? How?
💭 How have images (works of art) been used in past to support or obscure the truth?
💭 What role might museums play in all of this?
Jane Royal (@jklroyal) leads tomorrow’s agora—group discussions examining questions around art, design, and society in #momagarden—asking: How can art and technology help us tell the truth? Add your questions and comments for Jane in the discussion below, and join us in searching for answers in the Sculpture Garden this Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. mo.ma/agora (link in bio)
[Image: Crispin Jones. “Tengu.” 2007. ABS plastic and electronics, 2 3/4 x 1 11/16 x 9/16" (7 x 4.3 x 1.5 cm). Gift of the designer]