Inbox: Muriel Cooper’s Information Landscapes

May 13–Jun 12, 2016


Muriel Cooper, David Small, Suguru Ishizaki, Earl Rennison, Robert Silvers, Lisa Strausfeld, Jeffrey Ventrella, Yin Yin Wong. Information Landscapes. 1994. Multimedia video and software with audio. Installation view, The Museum of Modern Art, May 13–June 12, 2016. Gift of Lisa Strausfeld and David Small. Photo: John Wronn
  • MoMA, Floor 1, Garden Lobby The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby

The pioneering designer and educator Muriel Cooper (American, 1925–1994) spent the majority of her career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There, Cooper founded the Office of Publications and designed the MIT Press logo before turning her efforts to digital interfaces and computer-based graphic design in the late 1970s. She was the founder and codirector of the Visible Language Workshop at the MIT Media Lab, where she collaborated with students and other faculty to produce Information Landscapes, a radically new interface that explored the possibilities of computer and graphic design in the digital realm; it debuted at the TED 5 conference shortly before her death. A recent addition to MoMA’s collection, this work by Cooper is being shown at the Museum for the first time.

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