Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art: The Arthur Drexler Years, 1951–1986 (Architecture Series) (Hardcover)
During Drexler’s tenure, MoMA played a pivotal role in examining the work and confirming the reputations of twentieth-century architects, among them Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Richard Neutra, Marcel Breuer, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Exploring unexpected subjects—from the design of automobiles and industrial objects to a reconstruction of a Japanese house and garden—Drexler’s boundary-pushing shows promoted new ideas about architecture and design as modern arts in contemporary society. The department’s public and educational programs projected a culture of popular accessibility, offsetting MoMA’s reputation as an elitist institution.
Drawing on rigorous archival research as well as author Thomas S. Hines’s firsthand experience working with Drexler, Architecture and Design at the Museum ofModern Art analyzes how MoMA became a touchstone for the practice and study of midcentury architecture.
About the Author
Thomas S. Hines is professor emeritus of history and architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles.
— Architectural Record
“This volume is richly illustrated with  black and white reproductions of photographs, buildings, exhibition installations and models. . . . It would be an appropriate addition for museum libraries or academic art libraries that support curatorial or museum studies departments.”