Design: Art for Sport's Sake

In its 33-year career of dogmatizing on what is modern and what is art, Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art has had shows on the design of everything from classic cars to Japanese houses, from geodesic domes to Inca sacrificial knives. This week the museum turns its attention to as surprising a subject as any: design for sport.

Under a brown and white tent in the museum's statue-populated backyard is a collection of 115 pieces of sports equipment, a glistening trove of varnished wood, polished steel and glowing leather. All the objects were selected by the museum's Arthur Drexler, who believes...

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