The Magic of Plywood

Thursday, November 3, 2011, 12:30–1:15 p.m.

Education Classroom B, mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

Art in the Long View at Lunchtime
In conversation with artists and MoMA Lecturers, explore long-term, process-based art and its impact on the experience of art. While many artists establish concrete goals, the processes we are interested in examining may span the lifetime of the artist, require ongoing participation or discussion, and be linked more to research and exploration than to a pre-established plan. Bring your lunch and discover how these challenges to the constraints of time and the expectations of final product and finality force viewers and participants to reconsider the role of art in society. This series serves as an incubator of ideas in advance of our upcoming Contemporary Art Forum on May 2 and 3.

Form really does follow function with this most mundane of materials, one that inspired modern architects and designers to transform inexpensive industrial timber into wonders of good design in the 20th century. Beginning with a brief history of the medium and process, this talk—inspired by MoMA's exhibition Plywood: Material, Process, Form—highlights classic examples by Alvar Aalto, Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Sori Yanagi, among others. We will see how designers turned this laminated, low-cost product into a metaphor for modern design's utopian premise: that good design should be affordable to all.

Marianne Eggler (PhD, ABD, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York) is an art historian and a specialist in the history of modern architecture and design, particularly in Weimar-era Germany. A gallery lecturer at MoMA since 1998, she teaches art history and design history courses at The City University of New York, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Parsons The New School for Design.

In conjunction with the exhibition Plywood: Material, Process, Form

Tickets are free but required and can be acquired on a first-come first-served basis online or at the information desk, the Film desk after 4:00 p.m., or at the Education and Research Building reception desk on the day of the program.

To pick up tickets acquired online, proceed to the Education and Research Building reception desk at 4 West 54 Street beginning at noon on the day of the program.