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Born out of Necessity

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Augmented Digestive System from Designs for an Overpopulated Planet: Foragers, 2009 Glass-reinforced Plastic 15 3/4 X 15 3/4 X 9 13/16" (40 X 40 X 25 Cm) © Courtesy of the artists & MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
Born out of Necessity

11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019
March 2nd, 2012 - January 28th, 2013

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http://www.moma.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
midtown
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212-708-9400
OPEN HOURS:  
Wed-Mon 10:30 - 5:30; Fri 10:30 - 8:00
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objects

DESCRIPTION

Showcasing objects that adhere to the traditional view of design as a tool for problem-solving, Born out of Necessity offers close examination of the problems themselves—whether urgent, foreseen, or imagined. From objects that respond to pressing needs in developing countries to new solutions that are tailored to the urban environment, the exhibition examines how design intervenes across a range of experiences, including medical emergencies and natural disasters. Other objects demonstrate how products created to address specific challenges for people with disabilities can provide solutions that improve everyone’s life. Drawing on the narrative power of design, Born out of Necessity addresses a host of complex cultural developments, such as the need to incorporate environmental responsibility in everyday life, our attempts to marry ancient religious beliefs with contemporary mores, and the desire to anticipate and prevent technological and ecological quagmires.