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Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art: The Arthur Drexler  Years, 1951–1986 (Architecture Series): Hines, Thomas S: 9781606065815:  Amazon.com: BooksArthur Justin Drexler (13 March 1925[1] – 16 January 1987) was for 35 years the highly influential curator (1951-56) and then director (1956-85) of the Department of Architecture and Design at MOMA. His medium of communication – exhibitions – has been encyclopedic, stated the citation of his Award of Merit given by the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1982.

Drexler was born in New York City[1] and attended the High School of Music and Art, and The Cooper Union studying architecture and served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the Second World War.[2] After the war Drexler worked with the office of industrial designer George Nelson and was Architecture Editor of Interiors magazine. Drexler joined the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1951 as Curator of Architecture and Design and was promoted to Director of the Department in 1956 succeeding Philip Johnson.[3] Drexler has lectured at New York University, Yale University, Harvard University, Pratt Institute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and other universities and institutions. Drexler had the longest curatorship in the Museum of Modern Art history. Over thirty-five years Drexler conceived, organised and oversaw trailblazing exhibitions that not only mirrored but also foresaw major stylistic design developments in industrial design, architecture and landscaping. During Drexler’s curatorship, MoMA played a central role in examining the work and reinforcing the reputations of twentieth-century architects, among them Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Richard Neutra, Marcel Breuer, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.[4] Drexler explored unexpected subjects: from the design of automobiles (he was the first to include automobiles in art museums)[5] to a reconstruction of a Japanese house and garden. Drexler’s pioneering shows promoted new ideas about architecture and design as modern arts[6] and left an indelible mark on the course of midcentury modernism.[7] He designed the Philip Johnson Gallery at MoMA.[8] Drexler retired from the MoMA post due to poor health in 1986 and died in January 1987.[9] In 1977, Drexler received the American Institute of Architects Medal for "vast contributions in documenting the art of architecture."[2]


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