Designing Women: MoMA Showcases Works from the 20th Century

There are only two more weeks to see the exhibition “Designing Modern Women, 1890–1990,” which is on view at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) through September 21, 2014, in the third-floor Architecture and Design Galleries. Items on display include graphics, furniture, textiles, and light fixtures from MoMA’s collection that were designed by women in the 20th century.

Installation view of Designing Modern Women 1890-1980. © 2013 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph: Thomas Griesel.

Installation view of Designing Modern Women 1890-1980. © 2013 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph: Thomas Griesel.

“Modern design of the 20th century was profoundly shaped and enhanced by the creativity of women—as muses of modernity and shapers of new ways of living, and as designers, patrons, performers, and educators,” reads MoMA’s press release for the installation. Highlights include the first display of a newly conserved kitchen by Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier (1952) from the Unité d’Habitation housing project; furniture and designs by Lilly Reich, Eileen Gray, Eva Zeisel, Ray Eames, Lella Vignelli, and Denise Scott Brown; and textiles by Anni Albers and Eszter Haraszty.

Eva Zeisel (American, born Hungary. 1906–2011). Folding Chair. 1948-1949. Chrome-plated tubular steel and cotton, 28 1/2 x 26 x 26 1/2″ (72.4 x 66 x 67.3 cm). Mfr.: Hudson Fixtures, USA. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the designer

Eva Zeisel (American, born Hungary. 1906–2011). Folding Chair. 1948-1949. Chrome-plated tubular steel and cotton, 28 1/2 x 26 x 26 1/2″ (72.4 x 66 x 67.3 cm). Mfr.: Hudson Fixtures, USA. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the designer.

Eileen Gray (British, born Ireland. 1879–1976). Screen. 1922. Lacquered wood and metal rods, 74 1/2 x 53 1/2 x 3/4″ (189.2 x 135.9 x 1.9 cm). Mfr.: Eileen Gray Workshop, Paris. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Hector Guimard Fund Designing Modern Women, 1890–1990

Eileen Gray (British, born Ireland. 1879–1976). Screen. 1922. Lacquered wood and metal rods, 74 1/2 x 53 1/2 x 3/4″ (189.2 x 135.9 x 1.9 cm). Mfr.: Eileen Gray Workshop, Paris. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Hector Guimard Fund
Designing Modern Women, 1890–1990.

Eileen Gray (British, born Ireland. 1879–1976). Adjustable table. 1927. Chrome-plated tubular steel, sheet steel, and glass, dimensions range from a minimum height of 21 1/4″ (54 cm) to max height of 36 1/2″ (93 cm), diam. 20″ (50.8 cm). Mfr.: Aram Designs Ltd., London. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Philip Johnson Fund and Aram Designs Ltd., London

Eileen Gray (British, born Ireland. 1879–1976). Adjustable table. 1927. Chrome-plated tubular steel, sheet steel, and glass, dimensions range from a minimum height of 21 1/4″ (54 cm) to max height of 36 1/2″ (93 cm), diam. 20″ (50.8 cm). Mfr.: Aram Designs Ltd., London. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Philip Johnson Fund and Aram Designs Ltd., London.

Grete Jalk (Danish, 1920–2006). Lounge Chair. 1963. Teak plywood, 29 1/2 x 24 3/4 x 27 1/4″ (74.9 x 62.9 x 69.2 cm). Mfr.: Poul Jeppeson, Denmark. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder]

Grete Jalk (Danish, 1920–2006). Lounge Chair. 1963. Teak plywood, 29 1/2 x 24 3/4 x 27 1/4″ (74.9 x 62.9 x 69.2 cm). Mfr.: Poul Jeppeson, Denmark. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder].

Greta Magnusson Grossman (American, born Sweden. 1906–1999). Cobra Lighting Fixture. c. 1948.  Enameled aluminum, enameled steel, and chrome-plated steel, 27 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 13″ (69.9 x 28.6 x 33 cm). Mfr.: Ralph O. Smith Co., Los Angeles, CA. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the manufacturer

Greta Magnusson Grossman (American, born Sweden. 1906–1999). Cobra Lighting Fixture. c. 1948. Enameled aluminum, enameled steel, and chrome-plated steel, 27 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 13″ (69.9 x 28.6 x 33 cm). Mfr.: Ralph O. Smith Co., Los Angeles, CA. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the manufacturer.

Robert Venturi (American, born 1925) with Denise Scott Brown (American, born Zambia, 1931). Queen Anne Side Chair, 1983. Maple plywood and plastic laminate, 38 1/2 x 26 5/8 x 23 3/4 x 18 5/8″ (97.8 x 67.6 x 60.3 x 47.3 cm). Mfr.: Knoll International, Inc., New York, NY. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the manufacturer

Robert Venturi (American, born 1925) with Denise Scott Brown (American, born Zambia, 1931). Queen Anne Side Chair, 1983. Maple plywood and plastic laminate, 38 1/2 x 26 5/8 x 23 3/4 x 18 5/8″ (97.8 x 67.6 x 60.3 x 47.3 cm). Mfr.: Knoll International, Inc., New York, NY. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the manufacturer.

Charlotte Perriand (French, 1903–1999), with Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret; French, born Switzerland. 1887–1965), and ATBAT. Kitchen from the Unité d’Habitation, Marseille, France. c. 1952. Various materials, 88 x 105 1/2 x 72″ (223.5 x 268 x 182.9 cm). Mfr.: Charles Barberis, Menuiseries modernes, Corsica. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Andrea Woodner, 2011. Installation view of Designing Modern Women 1890-1980. © 2013 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph: Thomas Griesel.

Charlotte Perriand (French, 1903–1999), with Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret; French, born Switzerland. 1887–1965), and ATBAT. Kitchen from the Unité d’Habitation, Marseille, France. c. 1952. Various materials, 88 x 105 1/2 x 72″ (223.5 x 268 x 182.9 cm). Mfr.: Charles Barberis, Menuiseries modernes, Corsica. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Andrea Woodner, 2011. Installation view of Designing Modern Women 1890-1980. © 2013 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph: Thomas Griesel.

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