Paola Antonelli is a Senior Curator at The Museum of Modern Art in the Department of Architecture & Design, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development. She has curated numerous shows, lectured worldwide, and has served on several international architecture and design juries. She has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Harvard Graduate School of Design; and the MFA programs of the School of Visual Arts in New York.
With a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Polytechnic of Milan, Paola Antonelli has also earned Honorary Doctorate degrees from the Royal College of Art and Kingston University, London, and the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. She earned the “Design Mind” Smithsonian Institution’s National Design Award in 2006, and in 2007, was named one of the 25 most incisive design visionaries by Time magazine. In 2011, she was inducted in the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame and in 2015, received the AIGA Medal.
Antonelli is the author of many books, including the exhibition catalogues Humble Masterpieces (2005); Design and the Elastic Mind (2008); Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects (2011); and Design and Violence (2015).
Antonelli’s recent online experiment, Design and Violence, with co-curator Jamer Hunt, has become a new paragon for curatorial practice and communication. She is currently working on several shows on contemporary design; on the book Design Bites; and on a new Theory of Everything for design.