Women’s contribution to modern design in the 20th century is the subject of an exhibition underway at MoMA in New York. Women as designers, patrons, artists, engineers, but also consumers in the 20th century, represented through an exhibition of items from MoMA’s collections.
The exhibition invites us to recognise the importance of women’s contribution to disciplines traditionally dominated by men and the key role played by women in promoting modern concepts of art and design. Important items on display include a kitchen designed by Charlotte Perriand with Le Corbusier (1952) for l'Unité d'Habitation, furnishings and fixtures 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 collection of psychedelic posters from the 1960s by graphic designer Bonnie Maclean and punk objects.
A corner focusing on the graphic arts explores the changing visual imagery of the woman through posters created between 1890 and 1938, with a special focus on the iconography of women’s role in the war effort to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.
Title: Designing Modern Women, 1890–1990
Dates: October 5, 2013–September 21, 2014
Location: MoMA - New York USA
Images courtesy of Moma