February 25-July 24, 2011

ParaDesign gathers objects from SFMOMA's architecture and design collection that question the norms, habits, and conventions of design. The prefix para (whose meanings include "beyond" and "abnormal") has not previously been applied to design, yet marks a central focus of the museum's architecture and design collection. Exhibition highlights include Diller + Scofidio's His/Hers, bath towels embroidered with cheeky aphorisms; and James Welling's 0469, a colorized photograph of Philip Johnson's iconic Glass House.

  • Tauba Auerbach, Alphabatized Bible, 2006; offset lithograph; Collection SFMOMA; Tauba Auerbach
  • Tom Price, Meltdown Chair_Cable Tie, 2008; 10,000 nylon cable ties; Collection SFMOMA; Tom Price
  • Tejo Remy and Rene Veehuizen, Concrete Chair, 2010; Collection SFMOMA, Accession Committee Fund purchase; Tejo Remy and Rene Veehuizen