Posts Tagged ‘MoMa’

Skate and Destroy MOMA/The First 80 Years

Published September 30, 2009 by Dallas


MOMA is celebrating the upcoming Spike retrospective with an evening of skate videos curated by Patrick O’Dell. Thursday, Oct 15, 2009 7:30 – 11:00pm. After the videos stick around for a conversation with Spike, Lance Mountain, Greg Hunt, Jake Phelps, Ty Evans, and other surprise guests. Also No Age is going to play. Nuts!!!

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Material Thrills: Trompe-l’œil edition

Published August 25, 2009 by Molly

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It’s the trope that never dies. Humans are eternally stoked to find that things aren’t what they seem. Trompe-l’œil is appealing in any format, whether it be 17th century Viennese frescoes, t-shirts printed to look like tuxedos, meatloaf designed to look like birthday cake or candles crafted to resemble sushi.*

What happens when you combine eye-trickery with wit and a nod to sustainable design? Strictly 21-st century inventions like the We Are Happy To Serve You cup (above left), a no-nonsense ceramic vessel that replicates the classic NYC deli cup.

Unlike the disposable originals, the faux-cup has a solid weight to it, and it’s fun to register the surprise when you hand it to a friend who expects the flimsy paper original.

On a similar tip there’s also MoMA’s tote bag (above right), a sturdy item designed to look exactly like Charles Stillwell’s Flat Bottomed Brown Paper Grocery Bag, which he patented in 1883. Up close MoMA’s bag is made of synthetic material, but from afar it looks like an oddly supple grocery bag. Carry it as your own personal secret–an illusion to reveal to the chosen few.

*We’re using a loose definition of trompe-l’œil, here. You know what we mean.

Where Did You Put Our Water Guns, Mom?

Published August 11, 2009 by Graham


Another great infographic from Good magazine: “The Evolution of the Squirt Gun.” Illustrated by Jason Polan, a giraffe-obsessed methodical art ace who once created a hand-drawn catalog of every piece of art on display at MoMA.

See Also: This guy, who owns every Super Soaker ever made.