Life Cycles: The Materials of Contemporary Design

September 2, 2023
July 7, 2024
MoMA 11 West 53 Street, Manhattan
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Adhi Nugraha. Cow Dung Lamps. 2021. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. photo: Studio Periphery

The Museum of Modern Art announces Life Cycles: The Materials of Contemporary Design, an exhibition that examines how design can be elegant and innovative while also responsible and respectful of other ecosystems. On view in the Museum’s street-level gallery from September 2, 2023, through July 7, 2024, this exhibition of approximately 80 contemporary design works from MoMA’s collection looks at how some 40 designers are considering the full life-cycles of materials—from extraction all the way to recycling, upcycling, or disposal. The exhibition investigates the fundamental role design can play in translating current environmental considerations into sophisticated and informed responses.


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