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Rough Cut: Design Takes a Sharp Edge

November 26, 2008–October 12, 2009

The Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor

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Design is not always pretty. Sometimes it is blunt and aggressive, especially when it is meant to deliver a clear message or depart from tradition and express new ideas. Rough Cut presents a selection of bold designs from MoMA's collection, ranging from striking posters to fierce chairs, and from incisive videos to vehicles designed for harsh terrains and unforgiving circumstances. Design is not always pretty—but when it is good, it is undeniably powerful, meaningful, and beautiful.

Organized by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, and Patricia Juncosa Vecchierini, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.
Ralph Borland. Suited for Subversion Prototype. 2002. Nylon-reinforced PVC, padding, speaker, and pulse reader, 47 1/4 x 31 1/2 x 23 5/8" (120 x 80 x 60 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Fund for the Twenty-First Century

Ralph Borland. Suited for Subversion Prototype. 2002. Nylon-reinforced PVC, padding, speaker, and pulse reader, 47 1/4 x 31 1/2 x 23 5/8" (120 x 80 x 60 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Fund for the Twenty-First Century