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75 Years of Architecture at MoMA

75 Years of Architecture at MoMA
The Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries, The Museum of Modern Art
November 16, 2007–March 10, 2008
MoMA’s Department of Architecture, founded in 1932, was the world’s first curatorial department dedicated to architecture. This installation of some 50 drawings and models from the collection celebrates the 75th anniversary of the department and demonstrates the development of its collecting practice, with several recent acquisitions on view for the first time. Among the drawings is an exterior perspective of Paul Rudolph's Art and Architecture Building at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. While early acquisitions were largely models and photographs of built works, a focus on architectural drawing has steadily increased since the 1950s. The exhibition examines themes in the history of modern architecture—organicism and expressionism, urbanism, visionary architecture, and the art of drawing—which have received greater attention since MoMA’s famous inaugural architecture exhibition, Modern Architecture: An International Exhibition (1932), which defined the international style for several generations. Organized by Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, and Alexandra Quantrill, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.

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