• Design at the Brooklyn

    Date posted: April 20, 2011 Author: jolanta

    March 4–May 29, 2011
    Wednesdays 11am – 6 pm
    Thursdays and Fridays 11am – 10pm
    Saturdays and Sundays 11am – 6pm
    First Saturday of Each Month 11am – 11pm
    200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
    This season, new acquisitions including futuristic bicycles, furniture, and other design pieces will be on display at the Brooklyn Museum.
    Thinking Big is a selection of forty-five examples of extraordinary twentieth- and twenty-first-century design from among the 645 such objects collected by the Brooklyn Museum since the year 2000. Although most of the objects in the installation are indeed large, the title also reflects the belief that in order to keep the Museum’s legendary collection of decorative arts on the cutting edge it is essential to think big in a metaphorical sense as well—to foresee what it is that will define the design of an era and pursue it.
    Oftentimes the objects that come into the collection are considered important for their incorporation of exciting new materials, such as plastics, fiberglass, and plywood in the twentieth century. At other times they are appreciated for their innovative use of new technologies, such as computers and lasers.
    Of course, new materials and technologies only reach their potential when great designers know what to do with them. A number of the works on view here were designed by winners of awards for lifetime achievement or for innovative work by young designers that are presented annually by the Museum in conjunction with the international antiques show Modernism.

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