Life Cycles: The Materials of Contemporary Design

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 West 53rd Street
Any act of good design must also be an act of empathy, respect, and responsibility toward all living organisms and ecosystems—as well as future generations. By translating scientific, technological, and social revolutions into objects and behaviors, ... more
Any act of good design must also be an act of empathy, respect, and responsibility toward all living organisms and ecosystems—as well as future generations. By translating scientific, technological, and social revolutions into objects and behaviors, design can be an agent of positive change and play a crucial part in restoring the fragile ties between humans and the rest of nature. Life Cycles: The Materials of Contemporary Design explores the regenerative power of design as it shifts its focus towards a more collaborative rapport with the natural world.The objects in this exhibition highlight the entire life cycle of the materials they are made of. From extraction to reuse or disposal, designers are exploring new ways—sometimes drawn from old traditions—to enlist materials in their efforts to bring ecosystems into balance. Cow manure collected from the streets of Indonesia is transformed into casings for loudspeakers and lamps. Bricks made from crop waste and fungi mycelium are used as a carbon-neutral building material. Bees fabricate honeycomb vases over human-made forms. These objects demonstrate that design can be elegant, innovative, and compelling, while at the same time off... more
Any act of good design must also be an act of empathy, respect, and responsibility toward all living organisms and ecosystems—as well as future generations. By translating scientific, technological, and social revolutions into objects and behaviors, design can be an agent of positive change and play a crucial part in restoring the fragile ties between humans and the rest of nature. Life Cycles: The Materials of Contemporary Design explores the regenerative power of design as it shifts its focus towards a more collaborative rapport with the natural world.

The objects in this exhibition highlight the entire life cycle of the materials they are made of. From extraction to reuse or disposal, designers are exploring new ways—sometimes drawn from old traditions—to enlist materials in their efforts to bring ecosystems into balance. Cow manure collected from the streets of Indonesia is transformed into casings for loudspeakers and lamps. Bricks made from crop waste and fungi mycelium are used as a carbon-neutral building material. Bees fabricate honeycomb vases over human-made forms. These objects demonstrate that design can be elegant, innovative, and compelling, while at the same time offering new strategies for repairing our planet.

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Life Cycles: The Materials of Contemporary Design

Mon, May 27
10:30AM
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Tue, May 28
10:30AM
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Wed, May 29
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Thu, May 30
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Fri, May 31
10:30AM
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Sat, June 01
10:30AM
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Sun, June 02
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Mon, June 03
10:30AM
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Tue, June 04
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Wed, June 05
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Thu, June 06
10:30AM
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Occurs 31 more times through Jul 07

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 708-9400
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Schedule

May 27, Mon 10:30AM - 5:30PM
May 28, Tue 10:30AM - 5:30PM
May 29, Wed 10:30AM - 5:30PM
May 30, Thu 10:30AM - 5:30PM
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