9 + 1 Ways of Being Political
12 September 2012 - 25 March 2013
|Jason Crum (American, 1935–2004)|
Project for a Painted Wall, New York City, New York. Perspective. 1969.
Gouache on photograph. 30 x 20" (76.2 x 50.8 cm).
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase, 1969
9 + 1 WAYS OF BEING POLITICAL:
50 Years of Political Stances in Architecture and Urban Design
12 September 2012 – 25 March 2013
The political potential of architecture was one of the founding credos
of the avant-garde in the early 20th century. Yet today it is commonly
believed that this potential has been overwhelmed by economic realities
and by the sense that architecture, by its very nature, is symbiotic
with existing power structures. Such a perception, however, is belied
both by the rise of a neo-avant-garde in the 1960s and 70s, and by
emerging practices that bear witness to a rebirth of social and
political engagement as an assertion of architecture’s relevance. This
installation of architectural works from MoMA’s collection offers a
series of fresh perspectives on the ways in which, over the last half
century, architects have responded actively to the ever-evolving
conditions of the polis. The display engages a range of media in MoMA’s
collection, putting architectural stances in dialogue with the works of
other urban practitioners: artists, photographers, and designers.
Divided into nine sections, plus a special performance piece by Andrés
Jaque Arquitectos (at MoMA PS1 on September 16 and 23), the exhibition
presents a variety of critiques, from radicalism, institutional
critique, and iconoclasm, to the blurring of social borders and the
examination of public space.