Serge Chermayeff. EC74 Radio. 1933. Bakelite, 17 15/16 × 14 15/16 × 10 7/16″ (45.5 × 38 × 26.5 cm). Mfr.: E. K. Cole Ltd, Southend-on-Sea, England, United Kingdom. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of George Kravis
Jonathan Ive, Apple Industrial Design Group. iPod. 2001. Polycarbonate plastic and stainless steel, 4 x 2 1/2 x 7/8″ (10.2 x 6.4 x 2.2 cm). Mfr.: Apple, Inc. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the manufacturer
"Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye"
The Museum of Modern Art
Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor
November 15, 2014 – November 1, 2015
Music and design—art forms that share aesthetics of rhythm, tonality, harmony, interaction, and
improvisation—have long had a close affinity, perhaps never more so than during the 20th
century. Radical design and technological innovations, from the LP to the iPod and from the
transistor radio to the Stratocaster, have profoundly altered our sense of how music can be
performed, heard, distributed, and visualized.
Avant-garde designers—among them Lilly Reich,
Saul Bass, Jørn Utzon, and Daniel Libeskind—have pushed the boundaries of their design work in
tandem with the music of their time.
Drawn entirely from the Museum’s collection, Making Music
Modern gathers designs for auditoriums, instruments, and equipment for listening to music, along
with posters, record sleeves, sheet music, and animation.
The exhibition examines alternative
music cultures of the early 20th century, the rise of radio during the interwar period, how design
shaped the “cool” aesthetic of midcentury jazz and hi-fidelity culture, and its role in
countercultural music scenes from pop to punk, and later 20th-century design explorations at the
intersection of art, technology, and perception.
This exhibition is organized by Juliet Kinchin, Curator, and Luke Baker, Curatorial Assistant,
Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA.
Architecture and Design Collection Exhibitions are made possible by Hyundai Card.
Hiroshi Ohchi. Radio. 1954. Silkscreen, 40 1/2 x 28 1/4″ (102.9 x 71.8 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the designer.
Dieter Rams, Hans Gugelot. Radio-Phonograph (model SK 4/10). 1956. Painted metal, wood, and plastic, 9 1/2 x 23 x 11 1/2″ (24.1 x 58.4 x 29.2 cm). Mfr.: Braun AG, Frankfurt, Germany. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the manufacturer