New York

New York

“Safe: Design Takes on Risk”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
October 16, 2005–January 2, 2006

Curated by Paola Antonelli and Patricia Juncosa Vecchierini

Imagine the grim security theater performed by weary airline passengers, stripped of dignity, dropping their shoes into gray dishwashing tubs. Now picture the colorful, sleek, lightweight, high-performance—in a word, sexy—safety equipment donned by skydivers. Aha! Risk, an inherent part of life, can be embraced with joy (helped in no small measure by well-designed protective devices). Gathering some three hundred prototypes, products, and designs—like home CO2 detectors, emergency-response gadgets, and anti-drug ads—“Safe” sets out to prove that no aspect of life, no matter how perilous, needs to be imaginatively impoverished. If the Freedom Tower, New York’s tallest bunker, had the fizz and pizzazz of this show, the war on terror would soon be over.