In the first decades of the 20th century, artists radically experimented with new materials, construction methods, and processes to imagine new uses, and new users, for modern art. In the 21st century, these experiments shifted increasingly from how the objects are made to where they are placed, and finally, to how we interact with them.
Christian Rattemeyer is the Harvey S. Shipley Miller Associate Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where his exhibitions include Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection (2017), Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1960-1980 (2015), Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan (2012), Projects 95: Runa Islam (2011), I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing (2011), Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection (2009) and Lines, Grids, Stains, Words (2007). His most recent book is Exhibiting the New Art. Op Losse Schroeven and When Attitudes Become Form 1969 (London: Afterall Publishers 2010).