2008 July—246 and Counting

CITIZEN:Citizen is part of the permanent collection at the SF MoMA

Museum showcases recent acquisitions from CITIZEN:Citizen collection
SFMOMA exhibition 246 and Counting
Curated by Henry Urbach
San Francisco CA, July 10th – January 4th

Rare gold Cokespoon banned by McDonald’s is now on view at San Francisco’s prestigious Museum of Modern Art. International design provocateurs CITIZEN:Citizen join the establishment this month as four of their products are going to be among the latest show 246 and Counting, an exhibition of acquisitions made by the Museum under the oversight of new curator Henry Urbach.

Amongst the four objects selected is, Cokespoon#2, designed by Tobias Wong and produced by CITIZEN:Citizen, which received a cease and desist from McDonald’s Corporation last year just after its selection by the Museum. The bronze cast and gold plated spoon is a replica of the 1980 plastic coffee stirrer which was originally taken from production by McDonald’s Corp after the plastic spoons started showing up as “exhibit A” in drug cases. Also included are Doorstop, created by casting concrete from the design classic Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto which is destroyed in the production. It’s an edition of 12. And finally, two other bronze-cast jewellery pieces—Cokespoon #1 and Swizzlestick.

CITIZEN:Citizen, long admired within the art, design and fashion worlds, has become a significant brand by creating a space in the market for culturally critical work that refuses to be easily categorised. Working with some of the most talented up and coming names, its production of both affordable art and high design riff on the cultural preoccupations of our times. Philip Wood, CITIZEN:Citizen’s founder and creative director, says, “ I’m grateful to be working with such creative and thoughtful people as Tobias Wong , proud to be part of the collection, and grateful for a new approach to the objects in our lives. We’re at a time where we’re looking more closely to the things in our lives and how we value them. Henry Urbach and the SFMOMA are leading the way.”

246 and Counting, a two-year timeline of pivotal objects in design that have not only shaped the world we live in but also the lens through which we experience it, is curated by Henry Urbach, formally the owner of the NY based eponymous Architecture Gallery. For the last two years, Urbach has been developing a new curatorial viewpoint for the SFMOMA’s architecture and design department. 246 and Counting is a reflection of just that.

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