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4. Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter at MoMA

Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and ShelterInstallation view of Insecurities. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

The exhibit Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter at the Museum of Modern Art is part of Citizens and Borders, a series related to works in the collection offering a critical perspective on histories of migration, territory, and displacement. Considering that United Nations figures suggest that 65 million individuals worldwide are refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced persons, shelters have been redefined as no longer temporary, since many are living in permanent upheaval today. Although the exhibit’s focus is in light of global refugee emergency shelter, it can also be considered to be relevant right here at home, as we work through various ways to deal with homelessness. The exhibit addresses how we understand housing, and bring together projects by architects, designers, and artists. This includes the jointly-designed IKEA Foundation-UNHR-Better Shelter modular emergency structure, along with works by Studio Teddy Cruz, Henk Wildschut, and Tiffany Chung, among others.

Also of interest is the exhibit How Should we Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior, which explores environments, both domestic and retail, from the 1920s to the 1950s, by bringing together over 200 works drawn from MoMA’s Architecture and Design collection. How Should We Live? will be on view through April 23.

Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter will be on view through January 22, 2017. The Museum of Modern Art is located at 11 West 53rd Street.

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