Installation view of Cut 'n' Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City.

Cut 'n' Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City, a small and intriguing exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, open until December 1, investigates the overlooked but important influence of photomontage, assemblage, and collage on architecture. The show, curated by Pedro Gadanho, features examples from the early 20th century to the present, ranging from photomontages by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe dating to the 1920s to illustrations from the 1978 book Collage City by Colin Rowe and Fred Koetter to the near ubiquitous use of superimposed elements in digital architectural renderings today. The installation develops the theme with great élan, arranging many pieces as a panoramic potpourri against a long red backdrop.