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at MoMA

On Thursday, as part of our NYC trip, we went to MoMA. This was the first time since it reopened. Of course, they have a fantastic modern art collection but our focus was on two special exhibits. The new building has received mixed reviews for its architecture, but the contents are quite incredible.

SAFE: Design Takes on Risk. They had all sorts of interesting designed objects, many with a sense of humor as well as practicality, that had something to do with safety or security. A how-to-disappear vending machine, pieces of gold or silver forged into common nails, a head umbrella that was a combination rain hat and umbrella with clear plastic in the front to look out, a temporary shelter made out of large cardboard tubes, disposable sanitary covers for telephone handsets, a test kit to check your drink for date-rape drugs, the
Official Homeland
Security Blanket

among other things. For some unexplained reason I didn't bring my camera this time so I took no pictures.

In the nearby Media exhibit there was an array of 131 TV sets showing different videos of the last year of the life of Dieter Roth, a 20th century artist. He was shown painting, sleeping, using the toilet, cleaning house, etc. It was quite interesting to focus on one of them and then get distracted by some of the nearby other ones.