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Paola Antonelli

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Brief Biography


Paola Antonelli joined The Museum of Modern Art in 1994 and is a Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design. Her first exhibition for MoMA, Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design (1995), was followed by Thresholds: Contemporary Design from the Netherlands (1996), Achille Castiglioni: Design! (1997- 98), and Projects 66: Campana/Ingo Maurer (1999), Open Ends and Matter (September 2000 Ė February 2001), and Workspheres (2/8-4/22/2001), which was devoted to the design of the workplace of the near future.

Of recent publication is her Objects of Design, a book dedicated to the design objects in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art. Her most recent exhibition, Humble Masterpieces, devoted to ordinary objects of extraordinary briliiance, will be on view until September 27, 2004.

The recipient of a Masterís degree in Architecture from the Polytechnic of Milan in 1990, Paola Antonelli has curated several architecture and design exhibitions in Italy, France, and Japan. She has been a Contributing Editor for Domus magazine (1987-91) and the Design Editor of Abitare (1992-94). She has also contributed to several publications, among them Metropolis, the Harvard Design Magazine, I.D. magazine, Paper, Harperís Bazaar, and Nest, as well as to the BBC series Building Sights and the NPR series Studio 360.

From 1991 to 1993, Paola Antonelli was a Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she taught design history and theory. She has lectured on design and architecture in Europe and the United States and has served on several international architecture and design juries. She is currently teaching a lecture course entitled The State of Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Paola Antonelliís goal is to insistently promote designís understanding, until its positive influence on the world is fully acknowledged. She is currently working on the exhibition Safe: Design Takes on Risk, scheduled for 2005; on a book about foods from all over the world as examples of outstanding design; and on trying to get a Boeing 747 into the collection of The Museum of Modern Art.