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; collection SFMOMA; © Tauba Auerbach

Tom Price, Meltdown Chair_Cable Tie, 2008; collection SFMOMA; © Tom Price

Tejo Remy and Rene Veehuizen, Concrete Chair, 2010; collection SFMOMA, Accession Committee Fund purchase; © Tejo Remy and Rene Veehuizen