MoMA Curator Paola Antonelli on “The Colbert Report”

Posted March 6th, 2013 under Applied Art, Design, Satire, USA, Videos

Paola Antonelli
Do we need any more proof that Stephen Colbert does the best and most truthy TV program on visual art right now? Watch MoMA’s Architecture and Design senior curator talk about interfaces, a vase made by bees, and an earthquake-proof school desk.

Antonelli’s new exhibition is called Applied Design and she predicts that “design will go the way of physics,” with “theoretical design” — out-there experiments, not necessarily practical — and “applied design” — the creation of usable objects like Colbert’s ceramic mug, which Anontelli affirms is definitely an example of design, but it “could be better.”

“Design will manifest itself in much more than cute chairs,” Antonelli tells Colbert. “Be yourself and you’re going to be modern.”

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