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“Italian Re-Evolution: Design in Italian Society in the Eighties”

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego | La Jolla

Museums have generally chosen one of two methodologies for survey exhibitions of contemporary design. In one, the purely esthetic qualities of functional artifacts such as teacups, record players, and chairs are isolated by placing the objects on pedestals or in vitrines as if they were sculptures; alternatively, the design process itself unfolds in displays often including experimental prototypes and tracking initial concept through final execution.

“Italian Re-Evolution: Design in Italian Society in the Eighties” ostensibly proposes a new methodology. Organized by museum director Sebastian J. Adler and guest curator Piero Sartogo, a Roman architect and teacher, the show purports to refocus our understanding of design by examining its manifestations within a sociocultural context. “This is not an exhibition of the Italian way of life, nor of objects,” Sartogo writes in the accompanying

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