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What's On in New York: Brooklyn Museum of Art registers the interaction between design and technology; Giacometti's centenary at the MOMA

How apocalyptic crises in the twentieth century - the endgame - permeated the familiar and the practical

New Yorkers will see how design was shaped by two cataclysmic events in the twentieth century—World War II and the invention and use of atomic weapons. "Vital forms: American art and design in the atomic age; 1940-60," at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (12 October to 6 January) traces the evolution of biomorphic everyday objects as a response to rapid advances in technology. Among the 60 works on view are a 1947 chess table by Isamu Noguchi and Elvis Presley's kidney-shaped swimming pool. Another exhibition sure to touch a nerve is a centennial retrospective of the work of Alberto Giacometti at the Museum of Modern Art from 11 October to 8 January, which will proceed as scheduled. One of the last projects of Giacometti's life was to be a group of figures for Chase Manhattan Plaza, the first structure in the lower Manhattan plan that eventually included the World Trade Center. The sculptor could never come up with a design that satisfied him.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'Endgame in NY: Giacometti and Noguchi et al.'