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Good design is thorough down to the last detail. The eighth of Dieter Rams’s “Ten Principles of Good Design” can be seen at work in the T1000 world receiver. This precisely engineered, high-powered portable radio sports a clean user interface and includes a pocket for the instruction manual in the drop-down aluminum cover. Find this and other thorough designs in “Dieter Rams: Principled Design,” on view now. • “T 1000 World Receiver,” designed 1963 by Dieter Rams, made by Braun AG (Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main. Photo: Sebastian Struch)
In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, here’s a small selection of contemporary artworks made by women artists that were added to our collection last year. • “”Shimmer” Side Table,” designed 2014 by Patricia Urquiola. “Embrace,” 1964, by Rosalyn Drexler © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. “Church Members Gather Before Service,” 1979 (negative); 2007 (print), by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe. “Volume a moduli sfastai (Volume with displaced modules),” 1960, by Dadamaino. “Untitled (1),” 2017, by Patricia A. Bender © Patricia Anne Bender.
Who decides what future cities look like? MIT Media Lab engineer Danielle Wood, architectural historian Dianne Harris, and documentary photographer Nolan Ryan Trowe consider this question in conversation for The Irma and Herbert Barness Endowed Lecture: City Beautiful. Join us at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, in the Perelman Building. $20 (members free), includes museum admission. Space is limited; reservations required. • “The City,” 1919, by Fernand Léger
This sculpture by French-Israeli artist #ChanaOrloff playfully recalls Auguste #Rodin’s “The Kiss.” The frank depiction of sexuality in Rodin’s nudes scandalized Victorian-era viewers. Four decades later, “The Dancers” is equally provocative: Orloff uses the heavy angular style of modern architecture to depict a scene of everyday sexuality, rarely a subject of monumental treatment. See both sculptures now at the #RodinMuseum. #WomensHistoryMonth • “The Dancers (Sailor and Sweetheart),” modeled 1923 by Chana Orloff, cast in bronze 1929 by Susse Fréres © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Artist Saroj Chaterlai Rathod was a Gujarati textile artist who used appliqué to depict images of her most beloved Hindu deity—the young, blue-complexioned god Krishna. Here she shows the story of him stealing the clothes of the cowherdesses (gopis). These dynamic modern textiles are now on view until May. #WomensHistoryMonth
"People totally like Brutus just as much as they like Caesar. And when did it become okay for one person to be the boss of everybody, huh? Because that's not what Rome is about. We should totally just stab Caesar!" #MeanGirls#BewareTheIdesOfMarch • “The Assassination of Julius Caesar,” 1760, by Laurent Pécheux
Music and visual art come together tonight as Birdie Busch debuts 8 songs inspired by some of our favorite women artists. Hear her responses to works by Shaker artist Sarah Bates, Dadaist Sophie Taeuber-Arp, contemporary great Louise Bourgeois, Kay WalkingStick, Alma Thomas, and more. Free with museum admission. • “Untitled (Shaker Inspirational Drawing)," c. 1840–60, by Sarah Bates. "Point on Point," 1931–34, by Sophie Taeuber-Arp. "Portrait of Jean-Louis," 1947–49, by Louise Bourgeois © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. “Onrush of Time,” 1990, by Kay WalkingStick. "Hydrangeas Spring Song," 1976, by Alma Thomas.
This vase depicts the Sui dynasty emperor Yangdi aboard his dragon boat. This scene might be a commentary on the excesses of rulership and power. Yangdi’s enormous Grand Canal building project entailed conscription of more than two million people. Not surprisingly, his rule ended with a revolution. Find out more about the emperor during our Spotlight Gallery Conversations this Friday and Saturday (there is no Spotlight on Thursday this week). • “Vase,” 1662–1722, China