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In connection with the remarkable 2011 Museum of Modern Art exhibition Talk To Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects (curated by Paola Antonelli), I was invited to organize and host an event at MoMA, as part of its “Modern Poets” event series, that we eventually called The Language of Objects.

Working with MoMA’s Laura Beiles, we planned on four contributors, each of whom devised “highly imaginative responses to the communicative objects—talking back to Talk to Me, as it were.”

These were Kenneth GoldsmithBen GreenmanLeanne Shapton, and Cintra Wilson.

Both Greenman and Wilson were contributors to Significant Objects. Goldsmith brought a collaborator,  David Wondrich, and Shapton practically organized a show within-a-show, featuring Sebastien Leon Agneessens,Dave Hill, Aria Beth Sloss, and Jason Fulford.

I wrote a preview of the event for MoMA’s site. Rick Liebling shared his post-event thoughts here. A video of the event is archived here.

From Ben Greenman’s talk.

Kenneth Goldsmith and David Wondrich

From Leanne Shapton’s entertainments