Photo: Richard Perry/The New York TimesSometimes something happens in your lifetime that reflects a genuine shift in all the paradigms. "Design and the Elastic Mind" now at MoMA portends such a shift. The Architecture and Design Critic for the New York Times, Nicholai Ouroussoff, had this to say in his review in today's NYT:
"'Design and the Elastic Mind' is the most uplifting show MoMA's architecture and design department has presented since the museum reopened in 2004. Thanks to its imaginative breadth, we can begin to dream again."
He goes on to say:
"...the ability to switch fluidly from the scale of the atom to the scale of entire cities, may sound a death knell for the tired ideological divides of the last century, between modernity and history, technology and man, individual and collective. It should be required viewing for anyone who believes that our civilization is heading back toward the Dark Ages."
And then, again, this:
"But the show is about more than gorgeous, environmentally sensitive design. The human body is repositioned as part of a fluid, elastic chain that extends from minuscule atomic particles to global communication networks."
Ouroussoff believes that this show is as revolutionary as MoMA's "Machine Art" exhibition in 1934, curated by Phillip Johnson, which introduced the revolution of Modern design to the world. For a quick visual reference, here is the multi-media presentation from today's article.
If you are going to be in NYC anytime soon, this could be the show to see (February 24- May 4). Until then, feel free to begin to dream again. Perhaps the time has finally come.