Architectural Experiments since the 1970s. During this time, the city as a site for building became the screen for the projection of architectural fantasies and utopias. The exhibition explores these imagined projects, as well as the ways that these experiments eventually resulted in real projects such as family houses and skyscrapers. On show Rem Koolhaas's drawing and other recent acquisitions that include works by Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Diller & Scofidio and Simon Ungers.
The Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor
Organized by Andres Lepik, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design.
Rem Koolhaas’s book Delirious New York and several drawings made for the book, including the recently acquired watercolor Plan of Dreamland (1977), is the point of departure for this exhibition of works from the collection of the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA.
The explosion of architectural thoughts and experiments in the 1970s resonates to this day. Raimund Abraham, Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas, Steven Holl, Hans Hollein are among the well-known architects practicing today who are inextricably linked to both the practice and theory of the 1970s. During this time, the city as a site for building—and New York especially—became the screen for the projection of architectural fantasies and utopias. The exhibition explores these imagined projects, as well as the ways that these experiments eventually resulted in real projects such as family houses and skyscrapers.
In addition to the Koolhaas drawing, other recent acquisitions included in the exhibition include works by Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Diller & Scofidio and Simon Ungers. The centerpiece of the gallery is a display of architectural models organized as a kind of fantasy city juxtaposing in close relation both unbuilt visionary projects and realized buildings. The outer walls of the gallery include architectural drawings that compliment and supplement the dreamscape of models.
Upcoming related events:
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Lectures & Gallery Talks | Gallery Talks
Dreamland: Architectural Experiments since the 1970s
With Nader Vossoughian
The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor
Museum lecturers, educators, graduate students, and occasionally curators lead talks in the collection and special exhibitions daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Audiences learn about the historical context and significance of modern and contemporary artworks through a process of looking and exchanging ideas with a lecturer.
This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Dreamland: Architectural Experiments since the 1970s
Sign language interpreted gallery talks are held every fourth Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. FM headsets for sound amplification are available for all talks. Lectures are free with Museum admission. Groups are limited to twenty-five. Group stickers are distributed ten minutes prior to each Gallery Talk.
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