Counter Space at the Museum of Modern Art

September 14, 2010 3:05:31 PM PDT
They are the objects of daily life. Yet they are on display at the Museum of Modern Art. Counter Space looks at how kitchens have transformed. Juliet Kinchin, which sounds a lot like kitchen, is the curator.

"Kitchens are something anyone and everyone can relate to," said Kinchin.

The idea for the exhibit came about a year ago, when Juliet secured a kitchen designed by a female architect in the mid '20s.

It was installed in more than 10,000 public housing apartments in Germany. With gas, electric and hot water, it was all about efficiency.

"You could easily bend over unduly," she said.

In the 50s and 60s, kitchens became a little kitch. However, they have always housed the latest in design - from a cyclonic vacuum to a Chemex Coffeemaker.

"Made by a New Yorker and used in a restaurant on 59th street," Kinchin said.

In all, there are 300 items on display here, all of which had been part of the museums collection. In other words, the folks here at MoMA had an incline for years that kitchens are art.

"I think it's actually in kitchens that you find the conjunctions of technology and new ways of living," she said.

Kitchen is a social commentary for some. For others, just the best room in the house.

"It is the congregating place for sure. I spend most of my free time in the kitchen absolutely in the kitchen," Kinchin said.

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