MoMA celebrates Futurism

Words in Freedom: Futurism at 100

February 11-April 6, 2009
Mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
4 West 54 Street

The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism, written by the poet and writer F.T. Marinetti and published on the front page of Le Figaro on February 20, 1909, proclaimed a burning desire–fueled by industry, war, and the machine–to race into the future. Tired of resting on the laurels of their cultural heritage and disdainful of their uneventful present, the Italian Futurists called for a new aesthetic language appropriate for modernity. On the one hundredth anniversary of Futurism’s founding, this exhibition examines the ways in which Futurist artists infused word and text with meaning and power through a display of books, manifestos, periodicals, and handwritten correspondence.

Organized by Laura Beiles, Associate Educator, Department of Education.

Also, be sure not to miss Futurism and the New Manifesto on February 20, 2009 at 11:00am

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