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MoMA’s COSMO purifies water + powers summer music series

Calling all art lovers, music lovers and Earth lovers:

The MoMA PS1 gallery (dedicated to experimental art) now features an outdoor installation that mechanically uses plants and customized irrigation concepts to filter and purify 3,000 gallons of water, which, once purified, signals the device to glow at its center – providing pulsating light for Warm Up, the gallery’s summer concert series in Long Island City.


Designed by Andres Jacques/Office for Political Innovation, the concept was realized through the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, which spotlights emerging firms doing experimental work.

Learn more about the program and COSMO’s sustainable design in this article on azuremagazine.com



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Frank Lloyd Wright Archives Join Collections of Columbia University and MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art and Columbia University will be acquiring the archives of Frank Lloyd Wright and will become part of their permanent collections. The Frank Lloyd Wright archives include some 23,000 architectural drawings, 44,000 historical photographs, large-scale presentation models, manuscripts, extensive correspondence and other documents. Joint stewardship and preservation of the archives will provide new outlet for exhibitions and public programs on Wright’s work, allowing it to be displayed in the context of other great 20th century modernists. It will also maximize the visibility and research value of the collection for generations of scholars, students and the public.

"Fallingwater" Edgar J. Kaufmann House. Mill Run, PA, 1934-37

Columbia’s Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library will house all paper-based archival contents, including thousands of architectural drawings, personal and architectural photography of Wright’s works, interview tapes, transcripts and films. The Museum of Modern Art will house all three-dimensional works, including architectural models (many made for Wright’s exhibition at MoMA in 1940), architectural elements and design prototypes in the archives. It will work to develop regular displays and special exhibitions based on the drawings, photographs and models, integrating them with its own rich collections of modern architecture and design.

Wright is considered by many as one of the 20th century’s most influential architects – a figure whose iconic work helped define modernism. The American Institute of Architects, in a recent national survey, recognized him as “the greatest American architect of all time.” More than one-third of Wright’s buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places or are in a National Historic District.

Images: Columbia.edu

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