The Museum of Modern Art: Architecture and Design

Jacques Nathan-Garamond, Elle les Éclipse Toutes Mazda Platina, c. 1938. Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.), © 2007 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The MoMA "Digital Design Collection" consists of approximately 6,200 works (represented by nearly 7,000 digital images) from the Department of Architecture and Design of theMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. International in scope, and one of the foremost collections of its kind, the MoMA Architecture and Design collection includes architectural drawings, models, and photographs, graphic design materials such as posters; and three-dimensional objects such as appliances, furniture, tableware, tools, textiles, and sports cars.

Although the collection's existence and stature are well known, only five percent of the works in the collection have been published, and the majority of the objects are not on permanent exhibition. These works, many of which are three-dimensional, often quite large, and fragile, are stored for curatorial and preservation reasons in various locations, mostly off-site, under conditions that render access extremely difficult for scholars and students.

Virtually the entire collection has now been photographed at high resolution using direct digital photography. Conceived to meet the exacting needs of scholars, the "Digital Design Collection" is intended to serve as a model of how such projects can support research and scholarly practice in both academic and museum contexts. This collection should be of value to students and scholars in a wide range of fields, from architecture and architectural history to the book arts, graphic design, modern art and design, and modernism, in general.