Tibor Kalman

New Museum

UNLIKE WALT DISNEY'S corporate-sponsored global pavilions at Epcot Center, “Tiborocity,” a theme park cleverly disguised as a museum retrospective, is based on a single mythical “village” that could be anywhere in the nonindustrial universe. In a playful yet political twist on the small-world-after-all theme, local sites within this village—public square, classroom, storefront, etc.—showcased two decades of far-flung work that Tibor Kalman and his design firm, M&Co., created for an equally disparate roster of clients. The ingenious installation (co-organized by Aaron Betsky of SF MoMA, where the show originated, and Kalman, who died of cancer last year) relied on two cornerstones of the designer's process: change as crucial to creativity and the vernacular as a font of inspiration.

No grandiose wall titles here: just a red, floor-to-ceiling, stenciled “T” with two small scraps of

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