This exhibition celebrated the long and varied career of the late US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Senator Moynihan was an outspoken advocate of public architecture and urban planning. The museum organized the show as a tribute to the “Senator of Design.”
In the main gallery, various segments of Moynihan’s life were organized into individual columns massed in the center of the room. Fabricated of cardboard sonotubes, these columns doubled as vitrines that held relevant personal artifacts. The heroic shape of the columns both echoed those found on the façade of the museum building and the stature of the skyscrapered city that Moynihan loved.
Moynihan was a great supporter of architectural preservation so Pentagram integrated the show into the museum galleries in a way that emphasized the building’s period detail. Flat artifacts such as notes and letters were displayed in a stacked formation on suspended double-sided panels, alternating with graphics of Moynihan’s pithy quotes and opinions. Walls were hung with large black-and-white period photographs and illustrations of the Senator, output as inkjet prints. The design embraced the architecture of museum and worked within a simple color palette that emphasized the building’s period detail.
Michael Gericke (Principal in Charge), Lior Vaturi, Kalene Rivers
R. H. Guest