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Paola Antonelli

Paola Antonelli

Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art

Paola Antonelli is an Italian-born curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and one of the world’s foremost experts on contemporary architecture and design. She received her MA in Architecture from Milan Polytechnic in 1990, and worked at the design magazines Domus and Abitare before coming to MoMA in 1994. At MoMA, where serves as curator for the Department of Architecture and Design, Antonelli has been a strong of advocate of treating design as art: she’s written that “everything is designed, one way or another.” Antonelli is known for her eclecticism, and has curated well-received shows such as “Workspheres” (2001), devoted to the workplace of the near future. Her recent exhibit “SAFE” included – among other materials – a UN refugee tarp, camouflage cream, and a baby buggy. Antonelli has taught design history and theory at UCLA and Harvard and is the author of “Humble Masterpieces: Everyday Marvels of Design”, and co-author of 2008 book “Design and the Elastic Mind”.

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