The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has named Apple Senior Vice President of Design Jonathan Ive the recipient of its 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award. The annual lifetime achievement award, organized by the Modern Art Council (MAC), SFMOMA’s premier fund-raising auxiliary, recognizes artists and creative leaders in the region whose contributions have redefined contemporary visual culture.
“Ive is our generation’s most innovative and influential figure in the field of industrial design—no other design mind has done more to transform the way we visualize and share information,” said SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra. “SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast to establish a department of architecture and design, and we’re thrilled to celebrate Ive’s revolutionary achievements.”
The award will be given at a presentation and dinner on Thursday, October 30, 2014 (venue TBD), chaired by MAC member Maria Tenaglia Watson and featuring Ive in conversation with SFMOMA Curator of Architecture and Design Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher.
“I’ve always enjoyed visiting SFMOMA, and I think it represents exceptional contemporary art and design,” said Ive. “I’m very grateful to the museum and proud to be recognized among such an amazing list of past recipients.”
As part of a major conservation-based research project, The Artist Initiative, SFMOMA’s Department of Architecture and Design is currently engaged in a long-term investigation of how best to collect, maintain, and interpret the museum’s collection of consumer electronics in dialogue with leading Bay Area–based designers, including Jonathan Ive.