Showcasing objects that adhere to the traditional view of design as a tool for problem-solving, Born out of Necessity offers close examination of the problems themselves—whether urgent, foreseen, or imagined. From objects that respond to pressing needs in developing countries to new solutions that are tailored to the urban environment, the exhibition examines how design intervenes across a range of experiences, including medical emergencies and natural disasters. Other objects demonstrate how products created to address specific challenges for people with disabilities can provide solutions that improve everyone’s life. Drawing on the narrative power of design, Born out of Necessity addresses a host of complex cultural developments, such as the need to incorporate environmental responsibility in everyday life, our attempts to marry ancient religious beliefs with contemporary mores, and the desire to anticipate and prevent technological and ecological quagmires.
Organized by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, and Kate Carmody, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.
Architecture and Design Collection Exhibitions are made possible by Hyundai Card Company.
Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, Dunne & Raby (UK, est. 1994). Augmented Digestive System from Designs for an Overpopulated Planet: Foragers. 2009. Glass-reinforced plastic, 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 x 9 13/16" (40 x 40 x 25 cm). Image by Jason Evan and courtesy of Dunne & Raby. Gift of The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art
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