Extraordinary Ordinary Things


Humans have made functional objects since prehistoric times: furnishings to sit or lay upon, vessels to store or drink water, devices to illuminate the darkness or mark the passage of time. Featuring more than 300 objects—including some 150 recent acquisitions—from the museum’s expansive decorative arts and design collection. Spanning some of the most significant design developments of the past three centuries, the works on view offer boundless inspiration and endless possibilities for functional design for visitors to learn about, consider, and enjoy.

Extraordinary Ordinary Things is organized by Rachel Delphia, with Alyssa Velazquez.
Exhibition design direction: MGMT. design with Aryn Beitz
Installation photos: Bryan Conley