Murray Moss, “Apples to Oranges: Dialogues between Art and Design in Commerce and Culture”

The ghettoization of Art and Design that permeates our cultural institutions, commercial galleries and auction houses, eliminates the possibility of a tertium quid (third thing) which might be greater than the sum of its individual parts. Through Moss and now through Moss Bureau, design retailer and gallerist Murray Moss has dedicated his career to blurring distinctions between genres in an attempt to dismantle such departmental thinking. In conversation with Alice Twemlow, Murray will expound on his “apples to oranges” approach to curation through which, by pairing certain disparate works, he asks his audience to search, with fresh eyes, for new conclusions.

Murray Moss is the founder of the internationally renowned Moss design gallery, a museum-like store, located in New York’s SoHo district, that displayed and sold cutting-edge products and furniture between 1994 and 2012. During that time, Murray conceived and curated over 100 highly influential exhibitions at Moss as well as other venues. In February of 2012, Murray and his partner Franklin Getchell closed their Greene Street store, and inaugurated Moss Bureau, a design consultancy providing a multiplicity of services to manufacturers, design studios, and architectural firms, as well as offering curatorial and interior design services.

The Fall 2012 Design Criticism MFA Lecture Series is open to the public. You are warmly invited to attend our lectures, to see our new department and to meet with speakers, faculty members and students over a drink. Registration is required.

Image: Portrait of Maria de Medici by Il Gaetano, 1594, and unique prototype ‘Lace’ table by Marcel Wanders, 1997.

Event Information

When: 4 Dec 2012, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Where: SVA MFA Design Criticism Department, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
Price: Free and open to the public; Registration required

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