The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work
The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work
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The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work
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Elizabeth Price, AT THE HOUSE OF MR X, 2007
The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work
Martha Rosler, Vacuuming Pop Art
Brian Zink, Composition in 2016 Yellow, 2119 Orange and 3015 White, 2014
The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work
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Amy Yoes, Re-Make/Re-Model, 2015

The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

with work by Gerard Byrne

The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

with work by Gerard Byrne

The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

with work by Gerard Byrne

The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

with work by Josiah McElheny and Thomas Ruff

The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

with work by Josiah McElheny and Thomas Ruff

The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

with work by Thomas Ruff and SUPERSTUDIO

The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

with work by SUPERSTUDIO and Fernanda Fragateiro

The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

with work by Fernanda Fragateiro, Allison Smith and R.H. Quaytman

The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

with work by Allison Smith, R.H. Quaytman and Josiah McElheny

Elizabeth Price, AT THE HOUSE OF MR X, 2007

The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

with work by Brian Zink and Martha Rosler

Martha Rosler, Vacuuming Pop Art

from the series Body Beautiful, or Beauty Knows No Pain, c. 1966–72

Brian Zink, Composition in 2016 Yellow, 2119 Orange and 3015 White, 2014

The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

with work by Allison Smith

The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

with work by Brian Zink and Martha Rosler

The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

with work by Cerith Wyn Evans and Fernanda Fragateiro

The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

with work by Ulla von Brandenburg and Fernanda Fragateiro

The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

with work by Ulla von Brandenburg and Fernanda Fragateiro

The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

with work by Ulla von Brandenburg

Amy Yoes, Re-Make/Re-Model, 2015

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Modern architecture had high aspirations—no less than a radical change in the structure of society, or so was the hope of modernist architects. Figures such as Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, and Adolf Loos pursued ideals of progress, rationality, and purity in their architecture, design, and urban planning. They experimented with technological advancements in glass, concrete, and steel in the domestic spaces they created. Modernist dwellings thus became catalysts for visionary ideas that eventually filtered into the public space, infusing large-scale architectural commissions. The dominating role of men in these fields, combined with the social and cultural conditions of the early twentieth century, precipitated a domestic design that was gendered masculine—and heterosexual. The effeminate, highly ornamental interiors of the belle époque, which had come to symbolize decadent and degenerate lifestyles, gave way to the purist, austere aesthetic of the modernist, single-family dwelling.

The Way We Live Now presents the work of 13 artists examining the interplay between modernist architecture and contemporary art through site-specific installations and existing works. These interfere with or rub against the site of exhibition, Le Corbusier’s majestic 1963 Carpenter Center building, and in some cases stand in direct dialogue with the legacy of high modernists Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Eileen Gray, Bruno Taut, Anne Tyng, Adolf Loos, and Lilly Reich. Works in the exhibition look at the aspirations of such figures and the modernist ethos in general, alongside the challenging visions and experimentations in architecture, art, and design that radically transformed the way we experience the built environment. The exhibition directs our attention to these modernists while critically engaging with the perceptual, social, and political implications of their ideologies on the future—in fact, on us—and the way we live now.

Curated by James Voorhies, John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director

Exhibition Guide with descriptions, gallery plan, program and checklist

Installation photos: Tony Luong

Gerard Byrne, Fernanda Fragateiro, Josiah McElheny, Elizabeth Price, R.H. Quaytman, Martha Rosler, Thomas Ruff, Allison Smith, SUPERSTUDIO, Ulla von Brandenburg, Cerith Wyn Evans, Amy Yoes, and Brian Zink

Curator

James Voorhies

Institution

February 5–April 5, 2015

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Harvard University
24 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Made possible with funding and staff of Harvard University's Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts