Including over thirty works drawn largely from the Museum’s collection dating from the 1960s to the present, this exhibition reveals the transformation of ideology and forms that have shaped international design of the last half century. From the technological and formal ideals of modernism to the influence of the handmade object, the works reflect increasingly complex and vibrant relationships between concepts of function, aesthetics, and material expression. Featured are designs by Verner Panton, Frank Gehry, Aldo Rossi, Ettore Sottsass, Robert Venturi, Donald Judd, Zaha Hadid, Louise Campbell, and Fernando and Humberto Campana.
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Images: Coffeepot, Zaha Hadid, designer, Sawaya & Moroni, Italy, manufacturer, designed 1996, executed 2002, silver, Dallas Museum of Art, anonymous gift of in honor of Lela Rose and Catherine Rose, 2006.38.1–3; Carlton Miss Blanche armchair, designed 1988, executed 1989, Designer: Shiro Kuramata (Japanese, 1934–1991), acrylic, artificial roses, and aluminum with Alumite (anodized) finish, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Caren Prothro, Vincent and Dara Prothro, and Nita and Cullum Clark, and Catherine, Alex, Charlie, Jack, and Will Rose, and Lela Rose and Grey, Rosey, and Brandon Jones in honor of Deedie Rose, DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund, and Discretionary Decorative Arts Fund; Banquete chair with pandas, Designed 2006, Fernando Campana, Humberto Campana, stuffed animals on steel base, Dallas Museum of Art, DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund; Frank O. Gehry, "Easy Edges" chair, 1971, die-cut corrugated cardboard and masonite, Dallas Museum of Art, 20th-Century Design Fund; Giovanni Corvaja, "The Golden Fleece" ring, 2008, 18-karat gold, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Deedie Rose
Form/Unformed: Design from 1960 to the Present is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. The presentation is made possible by TWO X TWO for AIDS and Art, an annual fundraising event that jointly benefits amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and the Dallas Museum of Art. Air transportation is provided by American Airlines.