The Museum of Modern Art: Architecture and Design

Jacques Nathan-Garamond, Elle les Éclipse Toutes Mazda Platina, c. 1938. Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.), © 2007 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has contributed approximately 6700 images from the Department of Architecture and Design to the Artstor Digital Library. The selection in Artstor represents the many facets of modern design represented in the museum’s collection: architecture, graphic and decorative arts — from Tiffany glass to Formula 1 race cars.
 
MoMA established the world’s first curatorial department devoted to architecture and design in 1932. International in scope, and one of the foremost of its kind, this collection includes architectural drawings, models, and photographs, graphic design materials such as posters; and three-dimensional objects such as appliances, furniture, tableware, tools, textiles, and sports cars.
 
Although the collection is celebrated, the majority of works have never been published, and few of the objects are exhibited. Hence this virtual collection in Artstor is of particular value to students and scholars.
 
The Museum of Modern Art was founded in 1929 as an alternative to more conservative historical museums - dedicated to the mission of becoming the world’s leading repository of modern art. Its permanent collection consists of more than 200,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, design objects, and films in addition to millions of film stills. The museum also maintains a library and archives to support research and scholarship related to modern and contemporary art.
 
For related collections, see The Museum of Modern Art: Exhibition Installation Photograph Collection (Photographic Archive), and The Museum of Modern Art: Painting and Sculpture