SAFE: Design Takes On Risk

SAFE: Design Takes On Risk

Introduction to the exhibition: SAFE: Design Takes On Risk

SAFE: Design Takes On Risk

DIRECTOR, GLENN LOWRY: I’m Glenn Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art, and I’m pleased to welcome you to the exhibition SAFE: DESIGN TAKES ON RISK.

The first job of design is to make us feel at home in the world—comfortable, in control, above all, safe. From medicine bottles to gas masks, today’s designers have met our need for safety in ways that are both startling and reassuring, redefining our relationship to risk, while helping us laugh off irrational fears.

“SAFE” was organized by Paola Antonelli, curator of architecture and design. While some of the objects speak to our heightened awareness of security in a post-9/11 world, the inspiration goes deeper:

CURATOR, PAOLA ANTONELLI: This exhibition is an exploration of human nature, and of the power of design. It's an exhibition that explores design as one of the highest forms of creativity that are meant to improve the world and to respond to human needs.

GLENN LOWRY: Paola will be your guide on this tour. You'll also hear from some of the designers and other people who believe in the power of good design.

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