Politics according to the MoMA: 9 + 1 Ways of Being Political

The exhibition brings the third floor of MoMA back to the function of representing, historicizing and classifying social change instead of facilitating it…

The gallery is divided into 10 sections, including Radical Stances: 1961-1973, Fiction & Dystopia: 1963-1978, Deconstruction: 1975-1999, Consuming Brandscapes: 1969-2004, Performing Public Space: 1978-2011, Iconoclasm & Institutional Critique: 1964-2003, Enacting Transparency: 1967-2011, Occupying Social Borders: 1974-2011, and Interrogating Shelter: 1971-2003. In this categorization system, formally and intellectually based experiments — Peter Eisenman’s houses, Jean Nouvel’s Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, SOM’s National Commercial Bank in Jeddah — are leveled with more socially engaged practices — Mazzanti Arquitectos’ library in Medellin, Michael Rakowitz’s paraSITE Homeless Shelter, Estudio Teddy Cruz’s work on immigration. The politics of form, if there is such a thing, have been given a prominent role. The lesson seems to be that a political claim for architecture can equally be a claim for its autonomy and independence from the politics of the everyday world.

…In contrast to 9 + 1 Ways of Being Political, Century of the Child seemed to offer the type of imaginative and subversive play needed for a truly inventive politics.

Politics according to the MoMA by Victoria Øye, Domus.