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What's on View at MoMA

New York, New York

Summer---and the Blue Star Museums program---may be winding down, but you still have a few days to savor the treasures of some of the finest museums in America. Heading to New York for the long holiday weekend? Be sure to visit The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and experience some of the best that contemporary art has to offer.

Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, MoMA benefited from growing support for a museum dedicated exclusively to modern art, moving and expanding several times before landing in its current location. The first gift to the museum was modest---eight prints and one drawing---but the museum’s collection has quickly become into one of the premier modern art collections in the world. MoMA seeks to honor its origins by offering an array of educational programs and events to accompany its exhibitions.

With extended summer hours and a jam-packed exhibition schedule, MoMA offers something for everyone: film, design, performance art, or the more traditional museum mediums of painting and sculpture.

Kacie Kinzer. Interactive Telecommunications Program, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Tweenbot. 2009. Cardboard, paper, ink, batteries, motor, and wheels. 36 x 8 1/2 x 14" (91.4 x 21.6 x 35.6 cm). Installation view at The Museum of Modern Art, 2011. Photo © Scott Rudd.

Talk to Me: Design and Communication Between People and Objects (July 24, 2011 – November 7, 2011)

Looking to grow a few inches before the end of the summer? MoMA can help. Step into a pair of robotic shoes and use the accompanying iPhone app to become taller---or shorter. MoMA’s much-buzzed about exhibition Talk to Me creates a unique, remarkably relevant dialogue between visitors and objects, machine and man. The highly interactive exhibit is appropriate in today’s technology and information-driven world, where we seem to converse as much with our iPhones, laptops, and iPads as we do with each other. These devices and others are outlined in the clever “Hierarchy of Digital Distractions,” a food pyramid-inspired chart that ranks the distractability levels of what have now become routine intrusions. This poster is one of the 194 objects included in the exhibit, each of which has its own hashtag and QR code so the viewer can learn more either on the spot or once they get home. React, interact, and interface your way through this challenging and timely exhibit!


Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, 1901-1966). Tall Figure, III. 1960. Bronze. 7' 9" x 11 5/8" x 20 5/8" (236.2 x 29.5 x 52.4 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Nina and Gordon Bunshaft in honor of the artist © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Figure in the Garden (Ongoing)

Soak up those last summer rays while enjoying this display of 18 sculptures in the museum’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. The bold colors and odd mix of characters in Figurengruppe/Group of Figures by the contemporary German artist Katharina Fritsch (b. 1956) make it a must-see while you meander through the gardens. While the dominant theme in the garden is a focus on the figure, there is no dominant style---witness Rodin’s St. John the Baptist Preaching (1878-1880) and Picasso’s She-Goat (1950) along with work by Matisse, Miró, and Henry Moore.

Haus-Rucker-Co, Günter Zamp Kelp, Laurids Ortner, Manfred Ortner, and Klaus Pinter. Palmtree Island (Oasis) Project, New York, New York Perspective. 1971. Cut-and-pasted printed paper with gouache and graphite and cut-and-pasted painted paper on silver gelatin photograph on board, 19 3/4 x 29 5/8" (50.2 x 75.2 cm). Image courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art.

194X-9/11: American Architects and the City (July 1, 2011 – January 2, 2012)

This exhibit explores the history of urban renewal in the United States from World War II through the rebuilding of Ground Zero. In 1942, Architectural Forum magazine launched a design competition, “194X,” that called for submissions envisioning the future of the American city---how would we live post-World War II? We now know how architecture and design adapted in the post-war period but can ask the same question in the aftermath of 9/11. To that end, the exhibit showcases selected finalists' models and designs for the World Trade Center site.


Installation view of Cy Twombly: Sculptures at The Museum of Modern Art, 2011. Photo: Jason Mandella.

Cy Twombly: Sculpture (May 20, 2011 – October 3, 2011)

The late Cy Twombly is widely known for his large-scale, abstract paintings, but he was also an active sculptor. Seven of his creations, all recent acquisitions by MoMA, are on view not far from where several of his paintings are displayed in MoMA’s Painting and Sculpture Galleries. Twombly worked with found objects and assorted materials to create his sculptures but used a signature coat of white paint to create unified forms.


Point Break. 1991. USA/Japan. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Pictured: Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. Image courtesy of Richard Foreman, © 1991 Largo Entertainment.

Crafting Genre: Kathryn Bigelow (May 18, 2011 – October 3, 2011)

In 2010, acclaimed director Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director for her film The Hurt Locker. Also known for her films Point Break (1991) and Near Dark (1987), Bigelow began her career as a painter. Bigelow’s education in the arts began on the West Coast at the San Francisco Art Institute before she moved east to study at the Whitney Museum in New York, and later at Columbia University’s film program. Fans of her movies will enjoy seeing how her skill and passion for other art forms shapes her films. Crafting Genre explores the complete spectrum of Bigelow’s creative process, from conceptual drawings through the completed film.

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