The Museum of Modern Art in New York City will tackle the growing global migration and refugee crisis in a new fall exhibition, the museum recently announced. "Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter" will explore "the ways in which architecture and design have addressed contemporary notions of shelter" in a variety of mediums by architects, artists, and designers.
Figures released by the United Nations suggest that 67.2 million people qualify as refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons. The exhibition aims to illuminate the ways in which the built environment as a representation of modernity and globalization has been disrupted, as well as examine the "safety" that these shelters and refugees camps purportedly provide, a statement from the museum said.
The exhibition opens October 1, 2016 and runs through January 22, 2017, quelling fears that MoMA would be closing its architecture and design galleries. Among the works exhibited will be the modular emergency structure Better Shelter developed by the IKEA Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).