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AUTHOR: PAMELA POPESON

Posts by Pamela Popeson
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March 7, 2014  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Design
Considering the Camcopter S-100

Gerhard Heufler, Hans Georg Schiebel. Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. 2004. Carbon fiber and titanium, 41″ X 49″ X 10′ 1 5/8″ (104.2 x 123.8 x 310 cm). gift of Schiebel Electronische Gerate GmbH. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

Gerhard Heufler, Hans Georg Schiebel. Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. 2004. Carbon fiber and titanium, 41″ X 49″ X 10′ 1 5/8″ (104.2 x 123.8 x 310 cm). Gift of Schiebel Electronische Gerate GmbH. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar


When we think of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), aka drones, we generally think of drone strikes. But they aren’t all used for state surveillance and military sector attacks. Read more

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January 16, 2014  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Design
Mine Kafon: Design Demines
Massoud Hassani. Mine Kafon wind-powered deminer. 2011. Bamboo and biodegradable plastics, 87 x 87 x 87" (221 x 221 x 221 cm). Gift of The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art. Photo by Rene van der Hulst

Massoud Hassani. Mine Kafon wind-powered deminer. 2011. Bamboo and biodegradable plastics, 87 x 87 x 87″ (221 x 221 x 221 cm). Gift of The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art. Photo by Rene van der Hulst

Massoud Hassani’s wind-powered land minesweeper, the Mine Kafon, was inspired by the handmade toys from his childhood growing up in the desert north of Kabul, Afghanistan. As a boy, Hassani and his brother would fashion small paper toys to roll in the wind, racing them across the local fields. Read more

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September 12, 2013  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Let Them Eat Delia’s Cake, or Robert Brownjohn’s Let It Bleed
Robert Brownjohn, American, 1926-1970. Let It Bleed.1969. Lithograph. 12 3/8 x 12 3/8″ (31.4 x 31.4 cm)

Robert Brownjohn. Let It Bleed (front cover). 1969. Lithograph, 12 3/8 x 12 3/8″ (31.4 x 31.4 cm)

One of the recent additions to MoMA’s design collection is the record jacket for the Rolling Stones album Let it Bleed, with cover art by Robert Brownjohn. Those of us of a certain age are likely to remember not only our first LP purchase Read more

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The Sublime Imaginings of Architectural Drawing
Filip Dujardin, Untitled from the series Fictions. 2009.  Pigmented inkjet print, 43 5/16 x 61" (110 x 154.9 cm). Gift of Andre Singer. © 2013 Filip Dujardin/Highlight Gallery

Filip Dujardin, Untitled from the series Fictions. 2009. Pigmented inkjet print, 43 5/16 x 61″ (110 x 154.9 cm). Gift of Andre Singer. © 2013 Filip Dujardin/Highlight Gallery

I find there is something wonderfully sublime about architectural drawings, and lucky for me, as the preparator for the Department of Architecture and Design, I get to see a lot of them, particularly when the curators prepare a new exhibition of works from the collection like the current installation Cut ‘n’ Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City. Read more

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May 2, 2013  |  Collection & Exhibitions
Watching the Sweeper’s Clock

According to Albert Einstein, “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”

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Maarten Baas. Sweeper’s Clock. 2009. Video, 720 min. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the designer

As much as I like that idea, and really I do, it seems to me that all too often time stops doing its job, and instead everything starts happening at once, or at least not happening in a timely fashion. Read more

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April 11, 2013  |  MoMA PS1
MoMA PSI VW Dome 2: Rocking My Rockaways
Dome 2 at the end of the day. Photo by Pamela Popeson

Dome 2 at the end of the day. Photo by Pamela Popeson

If you can picture that moment in an adventure movie when the adventurers come crawling up to the crest of a hill to scope out what’s next on their horizon, then you can imagine the scene in Rockaway Beach as the MoMAPS1 VW Dome 2 first appeared on our horizon, which is to say on  Shorefront Parkway and Beach 94th and 95th Streets, just a stone’s throw from the ocean and the former boardwalk. Read more

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February 28, 2013  |  Collection & Exhibitions
Watching the Wind: Viégas and Wattenberg’s Wind Map
Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg. Wind Map. 2012

Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg. Wind Map. 2012. Interactive software

What’s more poetic than the wind? The moon comes close I suppose, but I wonder if even the moon can hold a candle to the wind. Read more

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January 3, 2013  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Artist’s Choice: Trisha Donnelly in the Making
Polaroid Sunglasses. American Optical Corp., Southbridge, MA. c. 1946. Plastic, l. 6 1/8" (15.6 cm). Manufactured by American Optical Corp., Southbridge, MA. Gift of Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.

Polaroid Sunglasses. c. 1946. Plastic, l. 6 1/8″ (15.6 cm). Manufactured by American Optical Corp., Southbridge, MA. Gift of Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.

A favorite childhood pastime of mine was digging for buried artifacts of the Leni Lenape in my backyard. Another was making maps of the neighborhood. Neither pursuit was entirely productive in any real sense Read more

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October 11, 2012  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Painted Buildings for the Record

Jason Crum. Project for a Painted Wall, New York City, New York. Perspective. 1969. Gouache on photograph. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase, 1969

In The Realm of Ideas Frank Lloyd Wright called architecture “the truest record of Life as it was lived in the world yesterday, as it is lived today or ever will be lived.” Read more

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July 5, 2012  |  Century of the Child, Design
A Child’s Chair: Delight in Ownership

Gerrit Rietveld. “Beugel” Child’s Chair. c.1928. Manufacturer: Metz & Co. Gift of Jo Carole Lauder


Growing up I had my own kid-sized chair that I absolutely loved. It was made of wood, with a convertible slatted back that could swivel up for sitting or down for stepping up. Read more