<h1 class="page">COUNTER SPACE: DESIGN AND THE MODERN KITCHEN</h1> <div id="main" class="index"> <div id="header"> Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen </div> <div id="cs_nav" class="index"> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space" class="introduction">Introduction</a> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/the_new_kitchen" class="the_new_kitchen">The New Kitchen</a> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/the_frankfurt_kitchen" class="the_frankfurt_kitchen">The Frankfurt Kitchen</a> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/visions_of_plenty" class="visions_of_plenty">Visions of Plenty</a> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/kitchen_sink_dramas" class="kitchen_sink_dramas">Kitchen Sink Dramas</a> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/blog" class="blog">Blog</a> <br class="clear" /> </div> <div id="content"> <h1 class="double">design + the <span class="line">modern kitchen</span></h1> <p><strong>Meal machine, experimental laboratory, status symbol, domestic prison, or the creative and spiritual heart of the home?</strong> Over the course of the past century no other room has been the focus of such intensive aesthetic and technological innovation, or as loaded with cultural significance. Kitchen design has been both a central concern of modernism and fundamental to our concept of modern life. Drawn entirely from MoMA’s collection, this exhibition explores the twentieth-century transformation of the kitchen as a barometer of changing technologies, aesthetics, and ideologies.</p> <p><a href="counter_space/the_new_kitchen">The New Kitchen</a>, an interwar design concept that embodied modernist principles of efficiency, hygiene, and standardization, appeared in numerous iterations throughout Europe and the United States. These modern kitchens reflected an idealistic faith in the transformative power of art and technology to effect social change. The iconic <a href="counter_space/the_frankfurt_kitchen">Frankfurt Kitchen</a>, designed by Margarete (Grete) Schütte-Lihotzky, was mass-produced for public housing estates in the aftermath of World War I. An unusually complete example, recently acquired, is displayed exhibition for the first time.</p> <p><a href="counter_space/visions_of_plenty">Visions of Plenty</a> examines how the innovations of Schütte-Lihotzky’s generation were extended and modified after World War II by the consumer revolution and Cold War politics. It was also during these years that “dream kitchens” emerged as sites for selling ideas of creative leisure and futuristic fantasy.</p> <p><a href="counter_space/kitchen_sink_dramas">Kitchen Sink Dramas</a> offers psychologically nuanced views of lived experience in this hub of domestic activity—its nightmares and delights—seen in works of art made since the 1960s.</p> <h2 id="highlights">kitchens in film</h2> <div class="gallery JS_BlogGallery JS_CounterSpaceBlogGallery" id="gallery8248"> <script type="text/javascript">var gallery8248 = {"url":"http:\/\/www.moma.org\/explore\/inside_out\/counter-space\/introduction\/","images":[{"url":"http:\/\/www.moma.org\/explore\/inside_out\/inside_out\/wp-content\/uploads\/2010\/08\/1931_tooyoung1.jpg","width":585,"height":449,"caption":"<span class=\"object\">Too Young to Marry<\/span><span class=\"object_date\">1931.<\/span> <span class=\"filmrest\">USA. 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Directed by Mervyn LeRoy</span></p> </div> </noscript> </div> </div> <div id="sidebar"> <div id="recentblogs"> <h3>recent blog posts</h3> <ul> <li> <small>April 28, 2011</small> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/blog/hidden-kitchens">Hidden Kitchens</a> </li> <li> <small>March 2, 2011</small> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/blog/home-is-where-the-art-is">Home Is Where the Art Is</a> </li> <li> <small>February 21, 2011</small> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/blog/today-a-live-streaming-walkthrough-of-the-counter-space-exhibition">Today: A Live-Streaming Walkthrough of the <i>Counter Space</i> Exhibition</a> </li> <li> <small>February 15, 2011</small> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/blog/eat-drink-read-moma">Eat, Drink, (Read!) 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