Designing Modern Women 1890–1990 #MOMA

Designing Modern Women 1890–1990

How profoundly did the creativity of women affect modern design of the 20th century? Come see for yourself in this illuminating exhibition that includes psychedelic posters from the 1960s, rarely seen graphics from the punk era, the first display of a newly conserved kitchen by Charlotte Perriand with Le Corbusier, and much more.

Designing Modern Women 1890–1990
October 5, 2013–October 1, 2014
Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor


Modern design of the twentieth century was profoundly shaped and enhanced by the creativity of women—as muses of modernity and shapers of new ways of living, and as designers, patrons, performers and educators.

This installation, drawn entirely from MoMA’s collection, celebrates the diversity and vitality of individual artists’ engagement in the modern world, from Loïe Fuller’s pulsating turn-of-the-century performances to April Greiman’s 1980s computer-generated graphics, at the vanguard of early digital design.

Highlights include the first display of a newly conserved kitchen by Charlotte Perriand with Le Corbusier (1952) from the Unité d’Habitation housing project, furniture and designs by Lilly Reich, Eileen Gray, Eva Zeisel, Ray Eames, Lella Vignelli, and Denise Scott Brown; textiles by Anni Albers and Eszter Haraszty; ceramics by Lucy Rie; a display of 1960s psychedelic concert posters by graphic designer Bonnie Maclean, and a never-before-seen selection of posters and graphic material from the punk era.

The gallery’s ‘graphics corner’ first explores the changing role and visual imagery of The New Woman through a selection of posters created between 1890 and 1938; in April 2014 the focus will shift to Women at War, an examination of the iconography and varied roles of women in times of conflict, commemorating the centennial of the outbreak of World War I.