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Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art: The Arthur Drexler Years, 1951-1986



  • Thomas S. Hines

    Arthur Drexler (1925–1987) served as the curator and director of the Architecture and Design Department at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from 1951until 1986— the longest curatorship in the museum’s history. Over four decades he conceived and oversaw trailblazing exhibitions that not only reflected but also anticipated major stylistic developments.

    During Drexler’s tenure, MoMA played a pivotal role in examining the work and confirming the reputations of twentieth-century architects, among them Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Richard Neutra, Marcel Breuer, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Exploring unexpected subjects—from the design of automobiles to a reconstruction of a Japanese house and garden—Drexler’s boundary-pushing shows promoted new ideas about architecture and design as modern arts.

    Drawing on rigorous archival research, Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art analyzes how MoMA became a touchstone for the practice and study of midcentury architecture.

    Thomas S. Hines is professor emeritus of history and architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • 208 pages
    8 x 10 inches
    106 b/w illustrations
    ISBN 978-1-60606581-5

    Getty Publications
    Imprint: Getty Research Institute 


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