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04/20/2021

How can design help us meet some of the most urgent challenges facing our planet?

Welcome to Broken Nature, a four-episode podcast series hosted by Architecture and Design curator Paola Antonelli exploring our fragile but fundamental ties to nature and the world around us.

Start listening → mo.ma/3tDmGJ2

The Broken Nature exhibition and podcast is made possible by Allianz, our partner for design and innovation.

Launching into the weekend #TGIF📸 Weegee, Woman Shot from Cannon, New York, 1943. © 2021 Weegee/ICP/Getty Images
04/17/2021

Launching into the weekend #TGIF

📸 Weegee, Woman Shot from Cannon, New York, 1943. © 2021 Weegee/ICP/Getty Images

Launching into the weekend #TGIF

📸 Weegee, Woman Shot from Cannon, New York, 1943. © 2021 Weegee/ICP/Getty Images

04/16/2021
UNIQLO ArtSpeaks: José Colón on Edward Hopper’s New York Movie

A security officer revisits the communal experience of moviegoing through Hopper’s 1939 painting.

"It's kind of mysterious because in his paintings and his works, you feel like you're always walking into an intimate moment."

Security officer José Colón looks closely at Edward Hopper’s 1939 "New York Movie," noting that the painting’s lush detail both captures an intimate moment and triggers a longing for the shared moviegoing experiences of the past—and, hopefully, the future.

Explore our collection work by work as we release a new #UNIQLOArtSpeaks video each Friday.

@UNIQLO USA is MoMA’s proud partner of #ArtForAll

04/16/2021
How do we design free spaces?

How do we design free spaces? Artists Amanda Williams and Olalekan Jeyifous use architecture to explore liberatory possibilities for Black communities.

Looking at his neighborhood of Crown Heights in Brooklyn, New York, Olalekan Jeyifous imagines alternatives to existing realities that displace and harm people. Inspired by speculative fiction, the artist asks, “What if Black communities were given the space and resources needed to thrive?”, exploring this question through imagined scenes from The Frozen Neighborhoods.

Considering ongoing legacies of African American invention and the history of Kinloch, Missouri, artist Amanda Williams envisions the possibilities of free Black space. Her project, We’re Not Down There, We’re Over Here, brings together emergency blankets, spatial diagrams, and a vessel comprised of everyday objects, providing Black people with tools and directions they might use in order to “navigate their way to free Black space.”

Learn more about Williams and Jeyifous's projects → mo.ma/2RCBGIZ #ReconstructionsMoMA

Thank you to Bloomberg Philanthropies for supporting MoMA Audio, which allows audiences around the world to experience our programs.

New Directors/New Films is 50!Stream favorites from festivals past, showcasing early works by Lee Chang-dong, Chantal Ak...
04/16/2021
New Directors/New Films at 50: A Retrospective | MoMA

New Directors/New Films is 50!

Stream favorites from festivals past, showcasing early works by Lee Chang-dong, Chantal Akerman, Charles Burnett, Wim Wenders, and more. Watch Apr 16–28 on Virtual Cinema → mo.ma/3rTiC5C

📽️ Peppermint Candy, dir. Lee Chang-dong

Film series. Apr 16–28, 2021. Virtual Cinema screenings are available exclusively to MoMA members. Not a member? Join today and start streaming. In 1972, Film at Lincoln Center (formerly Film Society of Lincoln Center) and The Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Film presented the inaugural New...

04/16/2021
Amanda Williams's "Embodied Sensations"

Who has the freedom to move, and why? In her participatory work "Embodied Sensations," newly on view in our Marron Atrium and online, artist Amanda Williams asks us to think about questions of public space, power, and inequality during the global pandemic.

Join us and help shape this interactive work: Take an online survey, reflecting on your experiences this past year, and your responses will be used to create new performances at MoMA each week. Or sign up to become a performer on site. Learn more at moma.org/amandawilliams

Thank you to Hyundaicard and Volkswagen for making this project possible.

On this day in 1958, firemen fight a deadly blaze that broke out on MoMA's 2nd floor. Due to the action of staff members...
04/15/2021

On this day in 1958, firemen fight a deadly blaze that broke out on MoMA's 2nd floor. Due to the action of staff members, many paintings were saved from destruction, though works by Monet and Po***ck didn't fare so well.

Learn more → mo.ma/323hQbX
#OTD #MoMAHistory

04/14/2021
Gretchen Bender's "Dumping Core"

In Gretchen Bender's pioneering 1984 video work, "Dumping Core," a frenzy of images appears across thirteen video monitors, creating an information overload set to a proto-techno soundtrack. The installation, now on view at MoMA, mimics and exaggerates the pervasive media culture prompted by then-new television networks like CNN and MTV.

Step inside Bender's "Electronic Theater" → mo.ma/gallery204

There's a hidden world buried beneath a layer of dried-up soil and drooping plastic flowers in this 1972 sculpture by Te...
04/13/2021

There's a hidden world buried beneath a layer of dried-up soil and drooping plastic flowers in this 1972 sculpture by Tetsumi Kudo.

The Japanese artist addresses themes of environmental degradation, yet his work also explores possibilities for metamorphosis within a polluted and consumption-driven world.

Experience “Pollution - Cultivation - New-Ecology Underground” in Gallery 420: War Within, War Without, and learn more about the sculpture online → mo.ma/3s3SvsQ

Deaf from birth, James Castle never learned to speak, sign, read, or write. His art, intimate in scale and focus, was th...
04/12/2021

Deaf from birth, James Castle never learned to speak, sign, read, or write. His art, intimate in scale and focus, was the means by which he conveyed his inner vision and inventiveness, and he created a visual language inspired by his Idaho home and daily life. Refusing formal art training, Castle devised his own methods. He drew in a mixture of soot and saliva with a sharpened stick on found surfaces and created thousands of drawings, constructions, and books throughout his adult life. #DeafHistoryMonth

Learn more about our accessibility programs for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing at mo.ma/2PP8LRH
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James Castle. "Untitled (Barn Interior with Fantasy World)." n.d. Paper, soot, spit, and string. © 2021 James Castle #Deaf #DeafHistory #MoMACollection

Deaf from birth, James Castle never learned to speak, sign, read, or write. His art, intimate in scale and focus, was the means by which he conveyed his inner vision and inventiveness, and he created a visual language inspired by his Idaho home and daily life. Refusing formal art training, Castle devised his own methods. He drew in a mixture of soot and saliva with a sharpened stick on found surfaces and created thousands of drawings, constructions, and books throughout his adult life. #DeafHistoryMonth

Learn more about our accessibility programs for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing at mo.ma/2PP8LRH
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James Castle. "Untitled (Barn Interior with Fantasy World)." n.d. Paper, soot, spit, and string. © 2021 James Castle #Deaf #DeafHistory #MoMACollection

“I’m trying to make other people recognize something of themselves rather than me.” — Cindy Sherman #MondayInspirationTo...
04/12/2021

“I’m trying to make other people recognize something of themselves rather than me.” — Cindy Sherman #MondayInspiration

To create her "Untitled Film Stills" series, the chameleon-like artist posed in the guises of various generic female film characters, among them, ingénue, working girl, vamp, and lonely housewife.

Staged to resemble scenes from 1950s and ’60s Hollywood, film noir, B movies, and European art-house films, the suite of seventy black-and-white photographs mimic the often-staged “stills” used to promote films.

By photographing herself in such roles, Sherman inserts herself into a dialogue about stereotypical portrayals of women. She is the author of the photographs, however, they are not considered self-portraits.

See the artist's "Untitled Film Stills" in Gallery 201: Public Images.

📸: Untitled Film Still #11, 1978

“I’m trying to make other people recognize something of themselves rather than me.” — Cindy Sherman #MondayInspiration

To create her "Untitled Film Stills" series, the chameleon-like artist posed in the guises of various generic female film characters, among them, ingénue, working girl, vamp, and lonely housewife.

Staged to resemble scenes from 1950s and ’60s Hollywood, film noir, B movies, and European art-house films, the suite of seventy black-and-white photographs mimic the often-staged “stills” used to promote films.

By photographing herself in such roles, Sherman inserts herself into a dialogue about stereotypical portrayals of women. She is the author of the photographs, however, they are not considered self-portraits.

See the artist's "Untitled Film Stills" in Gallery 201: Public Images.

📸: Untitled Film Still #11, 1978

#WeekendRead Fiction writer Rob Magnuson Smith imagines the secret history of Julia Lohmann's Oki Naganode, an installat...
04/11/2021

#WeekendRead Fiction writer Rob Magnuson Smith imagines the secret history of Julia Lohmann's Oki Naganode, an installation made from seaweed on view in Broken Nature. Read more → mo.ma/3d0ehcJ

#WeekendRead Fiction writer Rob Magnuson Smith imagines the secret history of Julia Lohmann's Oki Naganode, an installation made from seaweed on view in Broken Nature. Read more → mo.ma/3d0ehcJ

04/10/2021
Write an A-Z Poem | CREATIVITY LAB AT HOME

Learn how writing an A to Z poem can help you feel grounded. Our #CreativityLabAtHome poem was inspired by Chris Ofili's "Nymph Dive (Rainbow)."

For National Poetry Month month, we challenge you to flex your poetic muscles.

04/09/2021
UNIQLO ArtSpeaks: Anny Aviram on Marc Chagall’s I and the Village

Paintings conservator Anny Aviram reflects on the bucolic village life depicted in Marc Chagall’s "I and the Village," and is reminded of how her own family—like Chagall—found a new home in Mexico decades later.

Explore our collection work by work as we release a new #UNIQLOArtSpeaks video each Friday, and experience "I and the Village" in Gallery 505: Circa 1913.

UNIQLO USA is MoMA’s proud partner of #ArtForAll

In the hands of white editors, Gordon Parks’s Life magazine photo essay could only tell part of the story, Dawoud Bey re...
04/08/2021
True Colors: Dawoud Bey on Gordon Parks’s “Harlem Gang Leader” | Magazine | MoMA

In the hands of white editors, Gordon Parks’s Life magazine photo essay could only tell part of the story, Dawoud Bey reflects in an essay excerpted from our publication, Among Others: Blackness at MoMA. Read more → mo.ma/3d0ReOS

In the hands of white editors, Parks’s Life magazine photo essay could only tell part of the story.

NOW STREAMING! Explore our acclaimed collection of media art with Hyundai Card 현대카드 Video Views. Join us each month for ...
04/07/2021
Carolyn Lazard’s CRIP TIME | Magazine | MoMA

NOW STREAMING! Explore our acclaimed collection of media art with Hyundai Card 현대카드 Video Views. Join us each month for an exclusive two-week screening, accompanied by an interview with the artist.

The series kicks off with Carolyn Lazard’s CRIP TIME, a meditation on the task of organizing weekly medications and pills, and, in their words, the “myriad slow experiences that are the foundation of keeping us alive.”

Stream the film free to Apr 20 → mo.ma/3wARDzk

Watch Lazard’s film about the labor of care during this exclusive two-week screening.

Refusal. Liberation. Imagination. Care. Knowledge. Explore our "field guide" to Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackn...
04/06/2021

Refusal. Liberation. Imagination. Care. Knowledge. Explore our "field guide" to Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America. Architects, designers, artists, and writers interrogate the past while imagining a liberated future. Get your copy today → mo.ma/2ZTOGeb
#ReconstructionsMoMA

Taking classical Indo-Persian miniature painting as a point of departure, Shahzia Sikander inflects layered, open-ended ...
04/05/2021

Taking classical Indo-Persian miniature painting as a point of departure, Shahzia Sikander inflects layered, open-ended works like "Flights of Fancy" with contemporary South Asian, American, feminist, and Muslim perspectives to explore fluid identities and cultures.

Learn about the artist's inspirations and influences, and explore how her work brings traditional art forms into dialogue with contemporary visual practices.

Join the artist this Tuesday, Apr 6, at 3:30 p.m. EST for Family Art Talks: Shahzia Sikander, a virtual presentation and reading of her new children’s book. Plus, ask questions during a Q&A session. For kids ages seven to 14. Register here → mo.ma/3wiQr3w
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Shahzia Sikander. "Flights of Fancy." 2009. Ink, gouache, and pencil on prepared paper. © 2021 Shahzia Sikander

Taking classical Indo-Persian miniature painting as a point of departure, Shahzia Sikander inflects layered, open-ended works like "Flights of Fancy" with contemporary South Asian, American, feminist, and Muslim perspectives to explore fluid identities and cultures.

Learn about the artist's inspirations and influences, and explore how her work brings traditional art forms into dialogue with contemporary visual practices.

Join the artist this Tuesday, Apr 6, at 3:30 p.m. EST for Family Art Talks: Shahzia Sikander, a virtual presentation and reading of her new children’s book. Plus, ask questions during a Q&A session. For kids ages seven to 14. Register here → mo.ma/3wiQr3w
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Shahzia Sikander. "Flights of Fancy." 2009. Ink, gouache, and pencil on prepared paper. © 2021 Shahzia Sikander

“Art has always been the raft unto which we climb to save our sanity. I don’t see a different purpose for it now.” — Dor...
04/05/2021

“Art has always been the raft unto which we climb to save our sanity. I don’t see a different purpose for it now.” — Dorothea Tanning #MondayInspiration

Experience "On Time Off Time" in Gallery 517: Surrealist Objects.

🎨 On Time Off Time, 1948. © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

“Art has always been the raft unto which we climb to save our sanity. I don’t see a different purpose for it now.” — Dorothea Tanning #MondayInspiration

Experience "On Time Off Time" in Gallery 517: Surrealist Objects.

🎨 On Time Off Time, 1948. © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

A mysterious pair of masked figures spotted in a photo featured in "Engineer, Agitator, Constructor: The Artist Reinvent...
04/04/2021
The Historical Present: Pandemic Connections in an Early 20th-Century Photo | Magazine | MoMA

A mysterious pair of masked figures spotted in a photo featured in "Engineer, Agitator, Constructor: The Artist Reinvented" sheds light on an unexpected pandemic connection almost 100 years later. Find out more in our #WeekendRead → mo.ma/3sGIbbw

See the exhibition to April 10.

A discovery made while designing an exhibition reveals surprising parallels with our current moment.

04/03/2021
Connect Through Poetry | CREATIVITY LAB AT HOME

For National Poetry Month month, we challenge you to connect through poetry.

Be inspired by what is around you and write poems by collaborating with others. 🖋️ #CreativityLabAtHome

04/02/2021
UNIQLO ArtSpeaks: Jennifer Katanic on Henri Matisse’s The Piano Lesson

Jennifer Katanic, who works in our Accounting department, recounts a discussion between Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso about capturing the "interior life of an artist," and suggests that the uncharacteristically muted colors of Matisse’s "The Piano Lesson" reflect his gray vision of a Paris riven by the First World War.

Explore our collection work by work as we release a new #UNIQLOArtSpeaks video each Friday, and experience "The Piano Lesson" in Gallery 506: Henri Matisse.

UNIQLO USA is MoMA’s proud partner of #ArtForAll

Announcing the 50th edition of New Directors/New Films! Throughout its rich history, the festival has celebrated filmmak...
04/02/2021
Celebrating 50 Years of New Directors/New Films, 2021 Lineup Announced

Announcing the 50th edition of New Directors/New Films! Throughout its rich history, the festival has celebrated filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema. Our 2021 festival is streaming on Virtual Cinema from April 28-May 8. Explore the full line up:

The Museum of Modern Art and Film at Lincoln Center announce the 50th anniversary edition of New Directors/New Films (ND/NF), available April 28 – May 8 via virtual cinema, with in-person screenings extending through May 13 at FLC. Throughout its rich, half-century history, the festival has celebr...

MoMA PS1 curator Josephine Graf talks with a formerly incarcerated artist and a prisoners’ rights advocate about activis...
04/02/2021
“In My Own Words”: A Conversation with Ojore Lutalo and Bonnie Kerness | Magazine | MoMA

MoMA PS1 curator Josephine Graf talks with a formerly incarcerated artist and a prisoners’ rights advocate about activism, confinement, and revolutionary propaganda. → mo.ma/3doUVgx

Don't miss the powerful exhibition, "Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration," at MoMA PS1 through April 5.

MoMA PS1 curator Josephine Graf talks with a formerly incarcerated artist and a prisoners’ rights advocate about activism, confinement, and revolutionary propaganda.

What's in a letter? A pair of graphic designers reflect on a favorite work from "Engineer, Agitator, Constructor" and ho...
04/01/2021

What's in a letter? A pair of graphic designers reflect on a favorite work from "Engineer, Agitator, Constructor" and how, in Kurt Schwitters’s hands, typography transcends language. Read more → mo.ma/3cIYa3m

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Kurt Schwitters. Poster for Opel Day: Great car and flower parade (Opel-Tag: Grosser Auto Blumen Korso). 1927. Lithograph. © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

What's in a letter? A pair of graphic designers reflect on a favorite work from "Engineer, Agitator, Constructor" and how, in Kurt Schwitters’s hands, typography transcends language. Read more → mo.ma/3cIYa3m

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Kurt Schwitters. Poster for Opel Day: Great car and flower parade (Opel-Tag: Grosser Auto Blumen Korso). 1927. Lithograph. © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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