“At its best â€œTalk to Meâ€ makes you aware of how our relationship to design has become more emotional and intuitive. Ms. Antonelli points out that â€œwe now expect objects to communicate, a cultural shift made evident when we see children searching for buttons or sensors on a new object, even when the object has no batteries or plug.â€
And the show is certainly a brave undertaking for a design department thatâ€™s still strongly associated with 20th-century modernism. Itâ€™s a big step from a Corbusier chair to an iPhone, or as Ms. Antonelli puts it, â€œfrom the centrality of function to that of meaning.â€
But from a viewerâ€™s perspective MoMAâ€™s messianic embrace of smartphones in galleries is enervating. Call me a reactionary, but Iâ€™m convinced that looking, not scanning or tweeting, is still the primary purpose of a museum visit.”
The New York Times reviews Paola Antonelli’s “Talk to Me” show at the Museum of Modern Art.