Spring 2020   Member


                                     If you’ve spent time in our collection galleries in recent years,
                                     you’ve likely encountered Félix Fénéon, the mysterious man who
                                     is the subject of Paul Signac’s hypnotic masterpiece Opus 217.
                                     Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles,
                                     Tones, and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890 (which is also
                                     the cover of this Guide). You’ll have the chance to get to know
                                     him better when the exhibition Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and
                                     the Avant-Garde—From Signac to Matisse and Beyond opens on
                                     March 22 (Member Previews begin March 19).

                                     You might know that Fénéon was the art critic who coined the term
                                     Neo-Impressionism to describe the work of Georges-Pierre Seurat
                                     and Paul Signac in 1886. But did you know that he was also an
                                     editor who published Alfred Jarry and Guillaume Apollinaire early
                                     in their careers? And an art dealer, who signed Henri Matisse to a
                                     first, crucially enabling contract in 1909 and who gave the Italian
                                     Futurists their first exhibition in Paris in 1912? And a collector, who
                                     amassed a renowned collection of paintings by Seurat, Signac,
                                     Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Amedeo Modigliani, and many others, as
                                     well as an equally astonishing assortment of sculptures from Africa,
                                     Oceania, and the Americas? And an anarchist—arrested, tried,
                                     and acquitted in the case of a bombing in 1894—who believed that
                                     art could play a fundamental role in the formation of a more just
                                     and harmonious world?

                                     By bringing together a selection of the most outstanding works that
                                     Fénéon owned and championed, the exhibition offers a nuanced
                                     portrait of one of the most fascinating but hidden figures in the
                                     history of modern art. We look forward to introducing him to you!

                                     Starr Figura
                                     Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints
    Cover: Paul Signac. Opus
    217. Against the Enamel of a
    Background Rhythmic with
    Beats and Angles, Tones, and
    Tints, Portrait of M. Félix
    Fénéon in 1890 (detail). 1890.
    Oil on canvas. Gift of Mr. and
    Mrs. David Rockefeller, 1991.
    © 2020 Artists Rights Society
    (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

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                                                                                  From left: A view of the fourth-floor collection galleries. Shown:   Oil on canvas. Gift of Agnes Gund, the Louis and Bessie Adler
                                                                                  Andy Warhol. Campbell’s Soup Cans. 1962. Acrylic with metallic       Foundation, Inc., Robert and Meryl Meltzer, Jerry I. Speyer,
                                                                                  enamel paint on canvas, 32 panels. Partial gift of Irving Blum.      Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro, Emily and Jerry Spiegel,
                                                                                  Additional funding provided by Nelson A. Rockefeller Bequest,        an anonymous donor, and purchase. © 2020 Edward Ruscha.
                                                                                  gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. M. Burden, Abby Aldrich              Photo: Noah Kalina; Come Together: Record Fair and Music
                                                                                  Rockefeller Fund, gift of Nina and Gordon Bunshaft, acquired         Festival at MoMA PS1. Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk; 2019 Armory
                                                                                  through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, Philip Johnson Fund,            Party. Photo: Austin Donohue; Faith Ringgold. American People
                                                                                  Frances R. Keech Bequest, gift of Mrs. Bliss Parkinson, and          Series #20: Die. 1967. Oil on canvas, two panels. Acquired
                                                                                  Florence B. Wesley Bequest (all by exchange). © 2020 Andy            through the generosity of The Modern Women’s Fund, Ronnie F.
                                                                                  Warhol Foundation/ARS, NY/TM Licensed by Campbell’s Soup             Heyman, Eva and Glenn Dubin, Lonti Ebers, Michael S. Ovitz,
                                                                                  Co. All rights reserved; Claes Oldenburg. Giant Soft Fan.            Daniel and Brett Sundheim, and Gary and Karen Winnick;
                                                                                  1966–67. Vinyl filled with foam rubber, wood, metal, and plastic     Dorothea Lange. Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (detail).
                                                                                  tubing. The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection. © 2020              March 1936. Gelatin silver print. Purchase
                                                                                  Claes Oldenburg; Edward Ruscha. OOF. 1962 (reworked 1963).

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Through Mar 8                                                                                                                      Donald Judd. Untitled. 1963.
                                                         studying art history and writing art criticism. Among a generation        Cadmium red light oil on wood
                                                          of artists who sought to move past Abstract Expressionism, Judd          with iron pipe. Hirshhorn

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Mar 28–Apr 26                                                                                                                      Washington, DC, Joseph H.
                                                         using industrial materials and delegating production of his work          Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 1991.
                                                         to local metal shops. In the following years, “boxes,” “stacks,” and      © 2020 Judd Foundation/
Private Lives Public Spaces                              “progressions” continued as his principal framework to introduce          Artists Rights Society (ARS),
                                                          different combinations of color and surface. Judd surveys the            New York. Photo: Alex Jamison.
Through Jul 5                                                                                                                      Hirshhorn Museum and
                                                          complete evolution of the artist’s career, culminating in the last       Sculpture Garden
                                                          decade of his life, when Judd intensified his work with color and
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In the Galleries                                                                                                                                               7
Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist
and the Avant-Garde—From
Signac to Matisse and Beyond

Known among his friends as a “secret animator,” the French art             Mar 22–Jul 25
critic, editor, publisher, dealer, collector, and anarchist Félix Fénéon   Floor 3,
(1861—1944) played a key role in the careers of leading artists from       Steichen Galleries
Georges Seurat and Paul Signac to Pierre Bonnard and Henri Matisse.
In addition to promoting and collecting the work of these and              Member Previews
other artists he befriended in the burgeoning Paris art world of the       Mar 19–21
1880s through the 1930s, Fénéon was also one of the first European
                                                                           Paul Signac. Opus 217. Against
collectors of art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, and              the Enamel of a Background
he endeavored to bring new recognition to such works. As a fervent         Rhythmic with Beats and Angles,
anarchist during a period of dramatic social change and political          Tones, and Tints, Portrait of
                                                                                                             Henri Matisse. Interior with a
turmoil, he believed that avant-garde art and radical politics were        M. Félix Fénéon in 1890. 1890.
                                                                                                             Young Girl (Girl Reading). Paris
                                                                           Oil on canvas. Gift of Mr. and
two sides of the same coin.                                                Mrs. David Rockefeller, 1991.     1905–06. Oil on canvas. Gift of
                                                                           © 2020 Artists Rights Society     Mr. and Mrs. David Rockefeller,
The exhibition, the first dedicated to Fénéon, features some 130           (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris      1991. © 2020 Succession H.
                                                                                                             Matisse/Artists Rights Society
objects, including major works that he championed and collected,                                             (ARS), New York
to illuminate his little-known but fascinating career. Together these
works reveal the profound and lasting legacy of Fénéon’s bold,
forward-looking vision.

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Collection                                        This tribute to New York artist Florine                                                                                        From left: Florine Stettheimer. Family
                                                                                                                                                                                 Portrait, II. 1933. Oil on canvas. Gift of
                                                  Stettheimer brings her playful and                                                                                             Miss Ettie Stettheimer. © Estate of Florine

                                                  exuberant works together with those from                                                                                       Stettheimer; Hannah Höch. Collage II (On
                                                  her circle and like-minded artists working                                                                                     Filet Ground). c. 1925. Cut-and-pasted
                                                  today. Here’s just a taste of the surprises                                                                                    printed and painted paper on printed paper.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Gift of the artist and of Rose Fried. © 2020
                                                  in store. See these works before this gallery                                                                                  Hannah Höch/Artists Rights Society (ARS),
                                                  is reinstalled in April.                                                                                                       New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Germany; Marcel
                                                                                                                                                                                 Duchamp. Fresh Widow. 1920. Miniature
                                                                                                                                                                                 French window, painted wood frame, and
                                                                                                                                                                                 panes of glass covered with black leather.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Katherine S. Dreier Bequest. © 2020
                                                                                                                                                                                 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/
                                                                                                                                                                                 ADAGP, Paris/Estate of Marcel Duchamp;
                                                                                                                                                                                 Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Head. 1920. Painted
                                                                                                                                                                                 wood with glass beads on wire. Mrs. John
                                                                                                                                                                                 Hay Whitney Bequest (by exchange) and
                                                                                                                                                                                 Committee on Painting and Sculpture
                                                                                                                                                                                 Funds. © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS),
                                                                                                                                                                                 New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Floor 5, Gallery 509,           worlds of art, dance, literature,    gallery with Fresh Widow           at the far left side of this family   Fresh Widow. Constructed by a      recent war and the bawdy
Florine Stettheimer             music, and theater. Such figures,    (1920), a work he attributed       portrait. She was unabashedly         carpenter in accordance with       tradition of amorous (or “fresh”)
and Company                     along with Stettheimer’s own         to his female alter ego, Rose      proud of this unconventional          Duchamp’s instructions, Fresh      widows of soldiers. Head.
New York artist Florine         immediate family, often appear       Sélavy. Works by other             and personal painting,                Widow is a reduced scale version   Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s Head
Stettheimer was a painter and   in her elaborately detailed          contemporaries, as well as         frequently referring to it as “my     of the traditional floor-length    combines mechanically
poet; a designer of highly      portraits, which blur distinctions   like-minded artists working        masterpiece.”Collage II (On Filet     French window. Duchamp             produced turned-wood pieces
original furniture, picture     between private life and public      today, extend Stettheimer’s        Ground). Here, Hannah Höch            covered the glass panes with       and beaded ornaments typically
frames, stage sets, and         performance, domestic settings       interests in accessorizing and     feminizes the Dada movement’s         panels of black leather,           associated with domestic
costumes; and a celebrated      and theatrical stages. One of        ornamentation, design and          engagement with the everyday          obstructing the metaphorical       handicrafts to create a sculpture
salon host. The parties she     Stettheimer’s closest friends        decoration. Family Portrait, II.   by pairing craft techniques,          view through the window. The       that challenges the boundaries
threw in her eccentrically      from the mid-1910s to early          Dressed in a black pantsuit        traditionally seen as women’s         artist transforms “French          separating craft from fine art.
decorated studio brought        1920s was the artist Marcel          and with palette and paintbrush    work, with the avant-garde            window” into the title “Fresh
together luminaries from the    Duchamp, represented in this         in hand, Stettheimer appears       strategy of photomontage.             Widow,” a pun that points to the

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Collection                                          Unconventional materials make for new                                                                                                   From left: Jacques Villeglé.
                                                                                                                                                                                            122 rue du temple. 1968.
                                                    modes of collaboration, and bold actions raise                                                                                          Torn-and-pasted printed paper

                                                    the stakes for activism in art. In addition to                                                                                          on canvas. Gift of Joachim
                                                    works by the likes of Jasper Johns and Robert                                                                                           Aberbach (by exchange).
                                                    Rauschenberg, the lesser-known artists                                                                                                  © 2020 Artists Rights Society
                                                                                                                                                                                            (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris;
                                                    featured here take center stage with their                                                                                              Niki de Saint Phalle. Shooting
                                                    experimental approaches. See these works                                                                                                Painting American Embassy.
                                                    before this gallery is reinstalled In April.                                                                                            1961. Paint, plaster, wood,
                                                                                                                                                                                            plastic bags, shoe, twine, metal
                                                                                                                                                                                            seat, axe, metal can, toy gun,
                                                                                                                                                                                            wire mesh, shot pellets, and
                                                                                                                                                                                            other objects on wood. Gift
                                                                                                                                                                                            of the Niki Charitable Art
                                                                                                                                                                                            Foundation. © Niki Charitable
                                                                                                                                                                                            Art Foundation; Daniel LaRue
                                                                                                                                                                                            Johnson. Freedom Now,
                                                                                                                                                                                            Number 1. August 13, 1963–
                                                                                                                                                                                            January 14, 1964. Pitch on
                                                                                                                                                                                            canvas with “Freedom Now”
                                                                                                                                                                                            button, broken doll, hacksaw,
                                                                                                                                                                                            mousetrap, flexible tube, and
                                                                                                                                                                                            wood. Given anonymously

Floor 4, Gallery 408,              practices and challenged           and political notices he used to     billboards as a precursor for      and advertising reality,” Saint      They included a dismembered
Stamp, Scavenge, Crush             categorization by incorporating    make this work. After tearing        his process. Shooting Painting     Phalle was a key figure among        doll, a mousetrap, a hacksaw,
A bedsheet hand-printed with       readymade goods, symbols,          fragments of the original images,    American Embassy. This work        a generation of artists exploring    and a “Freedom Now” button—
a rubber laundry stamp, a          and even trash into their works.   he pasted these passages of         is one of Niki de Saint Phalle’s    the potential of found and           a relic of the Congress of Racial
taxidermied bald eagle affixed     Collaboration reigned as friends   color, text, and image into a       “shooting paintings,” a series,     everyday objects through             Equality, an interracial activist
to a canvas, a car compacted       and lovers from various fields     chance composition. Many of          begun in February 1961, that       performance-based practice.          group that organized freedom
by a hydraulic press—these are     worked with one another to         the fliers used here announced       repositioned the art of painting   Freedom Now, Number 1. In            rides protesting segregation.
just some of the repurposed        expand the meaning of art to       the city’s May 1968 student and      and assemblage as something        1963, inspired by the intensifying   The objects are almost entirely
materials used by international    include the world around it.       worker demonstrations, and the       explicitly violent. The sole       Civil Rights Movement, Los           obscured by pitch—a resin used
artists working from the mid-      122 rue du temple. 122 rue du      artist considered the people        female member of the Nouveaux       Angeles–based Daniel LaRue           for waterproofing boats as well
1950s to early 1960s. Sculptors,   Temple is the Paris address from   who had posted them to be his       Réalistes (New Realists) group,     Johnson conducted research in        as tarring individuals for public
choreographers, composers,         which Jacques Villeglé detached    collaborators, understanding        which championed the “poetic        10 Southern states and collected     torture—and evoke the domestic
and painters blended their         many of the movie posters          their use of advertising             recycling of urban, industrial,    objects for his constructions.       and mundane threat of violence.

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Collection                                                                                                       I try to present people with an extreme
                                                       There’s nothing more poignant than a portrait.                                                                                             From left: Chris Ofili. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Holy Virgin Mary. 1996. Acrylic,
                                                       Here artists working in a variety of mediums
                                                                                                                 amount of dignity. They’re always going to                                       oil, polyester resin, paper

                                                       reference, critique, and push the meaning of                                                                                               collage, glitter, map pins, and
                                                       representation to tell personal stories that              be stared at, but I try and make the portraits                                   elephant dung on canvas.
                                                       defy convention. See these works before this
                                                                                                                 stare back.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gift of Steven and Alexandra
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cohen; Catherine Opie. Dyke.
                                                       gallery is reinstalled in April.                                                                                                           1993. Chromogenic color print.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Committee on Photography
                                                                                                                 Catherine Opie, artist                                                           Fund and gift of Agnes Gund.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  © 2020 Catherine Opie; Felix
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gonzalez-Torres. “Untitled”
                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Perfect Lovers). 1991.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Clocks, paint on wall. Gift of
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Dannheisser Foundation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  © 2020 The Felix Gonzalez-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Torres Foundation, Courtesy
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Andrea Rosen Gallery,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  New York

Floor 2, Gallery 208,                historical images with a sense of     the self became both a reflection     and imperious, yet also suffused    described “twisted social           Lovers). Initially set to the same
True Stories                         their own selfhood, making the        of and a defense against the          with sexual potency. Close          documentary photographer,”          time, these identical battery-
In the 1990s, as the culture         past startlingly current. Sculpture   culture in which it was produced,     inspection reveals the delicate,    made pictures in gay, lesbian,      powered clocks will eventually
wars raged, many artists turned      became a means of exploring           prompting artists to collage          fluttering cherubim surrounding     and transgender leather-culture     fall out of sync, or may stop
to representing themselves           the body under pressure. With         public and private concerns.          her to be crafted from images of    circles in Los Angeles during the   entirely. Conceived shortly after
and their communities through        the rise of the Internet, cable       Epitomizing the spirit of the time,   women’s buttocks clipped from       1990s. Here the woman’s shorn       Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s partner
alternative modes of portraiture,    television, and the 24-hour news      Chris Ofili stated, “I try to bring   pornographic magazines. “When       hair and freckled shoulders         was diagnosed with AIDS, this
asserting their identities and       cycle, national and international     all that I am to my work.” The        I go to the National Gallery and    frame the tattooed word at the      work uses everyday objects to
presence. Photography and video      traumas—such as the Los               Holy Virgin Mary. Depicted on a       see paintings of the Virgin Mary,   nape of her neck. By taking         track and measure the inevitable
allowed for a diaristic approach,    Angeles riots, the rampant global     lush, glittering ground of orange     I see how sexually charged          possession of the label “dyke”      flow of time. When one of the
capturing change over time, and      spread of the AIDS epidemic,          resin that recalls the gold leaf      they are. Mine is simply a hip-     through its imprint on her body,    clocks stops or breaks, they can
life as an ongoing performance.      and the first Iraq war—became         of religious icons, Ofili’s Virgin    hop version,” Ofili has said.       she aimed to render the slur        both be reset, thereby resuming
In painting, artists suffused art-   public theater. In this context,      Mary is resplendent, majestic,        Dyke. Catherine Opie, a self-       powerless. “Untitled” (Perfect      perfect synchrony.

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Engineer, Agitator, Constructor:                                 Dorothea Lange:                                                 Neri Oxman: Material Ecology                                       Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman—
The Artist Reinvented                                            Words & Pictures                                                                                                                   The Shape of Shape
                                                                                                                                 From tree bark and crustacean shells to
                                                                                                                                 silkworms and human breath, nature has
“We regarded ourselves as engineers, we                          Toward the end of her life, Dorothea Lange                                                                                         Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman—The Shape
                                                                                                                                 influenced Neri Oxman’s design and production
 maintained that we were building things… we put                 (1895–1965) reflected, “All photographs—not                                                                                        of Shape is the 14th installment of MoMA’s
                                                                                                                                 processes, just as it has influenced architects
 our works together like fitters.” So declared the               only those that are so called ‘documentary’…                                                                                       Artist’s Choice series, in which a contemporary
                                                                                                                                 across centuries. Unlike her predecessors,
artist Hannah Höch, describing a radically new                   can be fortified by words.” A committed social                                                                                     artist organizes an installation drawn from
                                                                                                                                 however, Oxman has developed not only new
approach to artmaking in the 1920s and ’30s.                     observer, Lange paid sharp attention to the                                                                                        the Museum’s collection. The exhibition
                                                                                                                                 ways of thinking about materials, objects,
Such wholesale reinvention of the role of the artist             human condition, conveying stories of everyday                                                                                     features rarely seen works selected by
                                                                                                                                 buildings, and construction processes, but
and the functions of art took place in lockstep                  life through her photographs and the voices they                                                                                   Sillman (b. 1955), an artist who has helped
                                                                                                                                 also new frameworks for interdisciplinary—
with shifts in industry, technology, and labor, and              drew in. Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, the                                                                                     redefine contemporary painting, pushing
                                                                                                                                 and even interspecies—collaborations.
amid profoundly momentous events: World War I,                   first major MoMA exhibition of Lange’s work in                                                                                     the medium into installations, prints, zines,
the Russian Revolution, the collapse of the Austro-              50 years, brings iconic works from the collection                                                                                  animation, and architecture. Here, Sillman
                                                                                                                                 She coined the term “material ecology” to
Hungarian Empire, and the rise of fascism.                       together with lesser known images—from early                                                                                       presents a highly personal exploration
                                                                                                                                 describe techniques and objects that are
                                                                 street photographs to her examination of the                                                                                       of shape—the ever-shifting boundaries that
                                                                                                                                 informed by and directly engage with the
Highlighting figures such as Aleksandr Rodchenko,                public defender system. Her pictures’ complex                                                                                      define what and how we see—in modern art.
                                                                                                                                 structures, systems, and aesthetics of nature.
Liubov Popova, John Heartfield, and Fré Cohen,                   relationships to words show Lange’s interest                                                                                       Works spanning vastly different time periods,
                                                                                                                                 Integrating advanced 3-D printing techniques
Engineer, Agitator, Constructor demonstrates                     in art’s power to deliver public awareness and                                                                                     places, and mediums engage the curious
                                                                                                                                 with natural phenomena and behaviors,
the ways in which artists reimagined their                       to connect to intimate narratives in the world.                                                                                    forms and unpredictable contours of bodies,
                                                                                                                                 material ecology operates at the intersection
roles to create a dynamic art for a new world.                                                                                                                                                      fragments, gestures, and shadows.
                                                                                                                                 of biology, engineering, materials science,
Common to all was a commitment to innovative                     Presenting Lange’s work in its diverse contexts—
                                                                                                                                 and computer science. While individually
visual languages, from photomontage to new                       photobooks, Depression-era government                                                                                              Reflecting on her curatorial process, Sillman
                                                                                                                                 these works are elegant and arresting, taken
typography, and ambitions to reach mass                          reports, newspapers, magazines, poems—                                                                                             said, “Even though shape is everywhere,
                                                                                                                                 as a group they constitute a revolutionary
audiences. This exhibition marks a recent                        along with the voices of contemporary artists,                                                                                     we don’t talk about it much; it’s not a hot topic
                                                                                                                                 new philosophy of designing, making—and
transformative acquisition from The Merrill C.                   writers, and thinkers, the exhibition offers                                                                                       in art, like color or systems. So I decided to
                                                                                                                                 even unmaking—the world around us.
Berman Collection, and offers a window onto                      a more nuanced understanding of Lange’s                                                                                            look for works in MoMA’s collection in which
the experimentation and political engagement                     vocation, and new means for considering words                                                                                      shape does prevail over other considerations.
                                                                                                                                 The seven projects in this exhibition are
of art in the interwar period. May 10–Sep 12,                    and pictures today. Through May 9, Floor 2,                                                                                        I found a wealth of artworks, far too many
                                                                                                                                 “demos” that might someday be available to all
Floor 3, Menschel Galleries. Member Previews:                    Sachs Galleries. Member Last Look: May 10                                                                                          to include here, by artists who dig into life’s
                                                                                                                                  architects and designers for a great variety of
May 7–9                                                                                                                                                                                             surfaces, who start with physical perception
                                                                                                                                  applications. Together, they celebrate a new
                                                                 Join us for a Member Gallery Talk on                                                                                               rather than abstract logic. Often eccentric,
                                                                                                                                  age in which biology, architecture, engineering,
                                                                 Wed, Apr 15, at 12:30 p.m.                                                                                                         poetic, or intimate, these works are like bodies
Valentina Kulagina. Maquette for We Are Building (Stroim).                                                                        and design join forces to build the future.
1929. Gouache, cut-and-pasted halftone prints, sandpaper,                                                                                                                                           that speak, operating at the hub of language
                                                                                                                                 Through May 25, Floor 1
and watercolor on paper. The Merrill C. Berman Collection.                                                                                                                                          and matter, signs and sensations.” Through
Acquired through the generosity of Alice and Tom Tisch, Jo                                                                                                                                          Jun 7, Floor 5
Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III,                                                                       Join us for a Member Gallery Talk on
David Booth, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Marie-Josée                                                                        Wed, May 6, at 12:30 p.m.
and Henry R. Kravis, Jack Shear, the Patricia Bonfield Endowed                                                                                                                                      Join us for a Member Gallery Talk on
Acquisition Fund for the Design Collection, Daniel and Jane                                                                                                                                         Wed, Mar 18, at 12:30 p.m.
Och, The Orentreich Family Foundation, Emily Rauh Pulitzer,
The Modern Women's Fund; and by exchange: Gift of Jean
Dubuffet in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Colin, The Judith                                                                        Neri Oxman and The Mediated Matter Group. Lazarus. 2016.           Installation view of Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman—The Shape
Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection,          Dorothea Lange. Tractored Out, Childress County, Texas. 1938.   Produced by, and in collaboration with, Stratasys, Ltd. Courtesy   of Shape, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 21,
and the Richard S. Zeisler Bequest                               Gelatin silver print. Purchase                                  The Mediated Matter Group                                          2019–June 7, 2020. Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp

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Sur moderno: Journeys                                             Haegue Yang: Handles                                                Taking a Thread for a Walk                                    A Century of Sculpture
of Abstraction—The Patricia
                                                                  Haegue Yang (Korean, b. 1971) is known for genre-                   Anni Albers wrote in 1965, “Just as it is possible            The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden
Phelps de Cisneros Gift                                           defying, multimedia installations that interweave                   to go from any place to any other, so also,                   at The Museum of Modern Art holds a special
                                                                  a range of materials and methods, historical                        starting from a defined and specialized field,                place in the hearts of many. From its inception
Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction—                             references, and sensory experiences. Handles,                        can one arrive at a realization of ever-extending            in 1939, the Sculpture Garden, which launched
The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift is drawn                     Yang’s installation commissioned for MoMA’s                          relationships… traced back to the event of                   the very concept of the garden as outdoor
primarily from the paintings, sculptures,                         Marron Atrium, features six sculptures, dazzling                    a thread.” Such events quietly brought about                  gallery for changing installations, has hosted
and works on paper donated to the Museum                          geometries, and the play of light and sound,                        some of modern art’s most intimate and                        exhibitions of sculpture and architectural
by the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.                     to create a ritualized, complex environment with                     communal breakthroughs, challenging the                      structures, performances, and social events.
This extraordinarily comprehensive collection                     both personal and political resonance.                              widespread marginalization of weaving as                      A Century of Sculpture features a selection
provides the foundation for a journey through                                                                                         “women’s work.” In Albers’s lifetime, textiles                of sculptures that have become synonymous
the history of abstract and concrete art                          Handles are points of attachment and material                        became newly visible as a creative discipline—               with the space and Philip Johnson’s elegant
from South America at mid-century. The                            catalysts for movement and change. Yang’s                            one closely interwoven with the practices                    and enduring design. The works on view
exhibition explores the transformative power                      installation considers this everyday interface                       of architecture, industrial design, drawing,                 chart more than one hundred years of artistic
of abstraction in Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina,                   between people and things. Steel grab bars are                      and sculpture.                                                production, from Auguste Rodin’s Monument
and Uruguay, focusing on both the way                             mounted on the walls amid an iridescent pattern,                                                                                  to Balzac (1898), made in honor of one of
that artists reinvented the art object itself                     and put to functional use in her sonic sculptures.                  True to its title, this exhibition takes a thread             France’s greatest novelists, to Group of Figures
and the role of art in the renewal of the                         Mounted on casters and covered in skins of bells,                   for a walk among ancient textile traditions,                  (2006–08) by German artist Katharina Fritsch,
social environment. Through Mar 14,                               the sculptures generate a subtle rattling sound                     early-20th-century design reform movements,                   comprising nine boldly-colored, life-size
Floor 3. Menschel Galleries. Member                               when maneuvered by performers. The natural                          and industrial materials and production                       figures, among them St. Michael, a Madonna,
Last Look: Mar 15                                                 ambient noise of birdsong, which also permeates                     methods. Featuring adventurous combinations                   a giant, and a snake. Favorites such as Pablo
                                                                  the space, was in fact recorded at a tense political                of natural and synthetic fibers and spatially                 Picasso’s bronze She-Goat (1950) and Isa
                                                                  moment in the demilitarized zone between                            dynamic pieces that mark the emergence                        Genzken’s 36-foot-tall Rose II (2007) join
                                                                  North and South Korea during the historic summit                    of a more sculptural approach to textile art                  works newly on view, including a multipart
                                                                  in 2018. Reporters strained to hear the private                     beginning in the 1960s, this show highlights                  painted-steel sculpture from 1968 by Donald
                                                                  conversation between the two nations’ leaders,                      the fluid expressivity of the medium. Through                 Judd, and Louise Bourgeois’s Quarantania, III
                                                                  but their audio devices only picked up the                          May 17, Floor 3, Johnson Galleries                            (1949–50). Through May, Rockefeller
                                                                  chirping of birds and the faint click of cameras.                                                                                 Sculpture Garden, Floor 1
                                                                  Through Apr 12, Floor 2, Marron Atrium                              Join us for a Member Gallery Talk on
                                                                                                                                      Wed, Mar 4, at 12:30 p.m.                                     For a refreshing pause, head outside and
                                                                  Handles will be activated on the first                                                                                            listen to the meditation stop in our new
                                                                  Thursday of each month for our evening                                                                                            Sculpture Garden playlist, available at
                                                                  event, First Thursdays (see page 32).                                                                                             moma.org/audio.

Installation view of Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction—The     Haegue Yang. Handles. 2019. Commissioned for the Donald B.          Installation view of Taking a Thread for a Walk, The Museum   Installation view of A Century of Sculpture, The Museum
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift, The Museum of Modern Art, New   Catherine C. Marron Atrium by The Museum of Modern Art, New         of Modern Art, New York, October 21, 2019–May 17, 2020.       of Modern Art, New York, October 21, 2019–May 2020.
York, October 21, 2019–March 14, 2020. Photo: Noah Kalina         York. © Haegue Yang. Installation view, The Museum of Modern Art,   Photo: Denis Doorly                                           Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp
                                                                  New York, October 21, 2019–April 12, 2020. Photo: Denis Doorly

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Some Favorites

                                                                                                          Chris Ware’s

on Magazine                                                                                               “I Guess
                                                                                                          We’re Here”
                                                                                                          It’s about 15 minutes
                                                                                                          by subway from
                                                                                                          MoMA in Midtown to
Magazine is MoMA’s online publication,                               Images, clockwise from top
                                                                     right: Illustration by Chris Ware;   MoMA PS1 in Queens.
featuring passionate perspectives on the art,                        Kalup Linzy. Resemblance 3.          We took this timeframe
                                                                     2019. Collage on canvas;             as a creative prompt
ideas, and culture of our time. You’ll find original                 Diana Hartman repairs Paula
                                                                                                          to invite musicians,
content and commissioned projects including
                                                                     Modersohn-Becker’s Self-
                                                                     Portrait with Two Flowers in         writers, and artists to
audio, video, drawings, poetry, and essays.                          Her Raised Left Hand (1907);
                                                                     Lewis W. Hine. Sadie Pfeifer,
                                                                                                          produce an original
                                                                                                          work. Acclaimed artist
And members receive Magazine’s monthly                               a Cotton Mill Spinner, Lancaster,
                                                                     South Carolina. 1908. Gelatin
                                                                                                          and writer Chris Ware
newsletter, so keep an eye on your inbox.                            silver print. Purchase               used the opportunity
                                                                                                          to imagine two women
                                                                                                          on a journey. As the
Here’s just a sampling of some of our most                                                                mother and daughter
                                                                                                          make their way
popular stories. Read, watch, and listen to                                                               across the East River
them all at moma.org/magazine.                                                                            underground to PS1,
                                                                                                          they privately reflect on
                                                                                                          their relationship and
                                                                                                          the moments they hold
                           →                                                                              in memory.
                           Rosanne Cash,
                           the River, and
                           the Thread
                           The opening track on
                           Rosanne Cash’s 14th
                           studio album, The
                           River & The Thread,
                           was inspired in part by
                           her friend, the fashion
                           designer Natalie Chanin,
                           teaching her to sew.        Conserving
                           To accompany Taking
                           a Thread for a Walk,
                                                       a landmark
                           an exhibition of textiles   self-portrait
                           and fiber art from          In the inaugural episode

                           MoMA’s collection,          of Conservation Stories,                                                       24 Hours with
                           Cash created a playlist.    Diana Hartman uses an
                           In this interview, she      eye-surgery needle and                                                         Kalup Linzy
                           shares her thoughts         microscope to repair                                                           Artist Kalup Linzy
                           in choosing these           tears in the canvas                                                            starts his day with
                           songs and about the         of Paula Modersohn-                                                            Whitney Houston and
                           connections between         Becker’s Self-Portrait                                                         hypertension and
                           weaving, making art, and    with Two Flowers in                                                            ends it with gratitude.
                           writing music. According    Her Raised Left Hand                                                           This feature is part of
                           to string theory, the       (1907), among the oldest                                                       our A Day series, in
                           universe might be made      paintings by a female                                                          which writer Heidi
                           up of tiny connecting       artist in the collection,                                                      Julavits invites artists
                           threads—so it’s no          and thought to be one                                                          to share an account
                           surprise we were able       of the first self-portraits                                                    of their day with us.
                           to find so many.            of a pregnant woman.

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Niki de Saint Phalle                                                                                    Marking Time: Art in the
                                                                                                        Age of Mass Incarceration

Niki de Saint Phalle created exuberant works intended to transform        Apr 5–Sep 7
environments, individuals, and society. The first New York museum         MoMA PS1
exhibition of this visionary feminist and activist artist features over                                 Marking Time explores the centrality of incarceration to             Apr 5–Aug 23
100 works that highlight Saint Phalle’s interdisciplinary approach                                      contemporary art and culture, featuring art made by people in        MoMA PS1
                                                                          Niki de Saint Phalle. Tarot
and engagement with pressing social and political issues.                 Garden. 1991. Lithograph.
                                                                                                        prisons and work by nonincarcerated artists concerned with state
                                                                          © 2019 NIKI CHARITABLE        repression, erasure, and imprisonment. Highlighting the work         Tameca Cole. Locked in a
Early in her career, Saint Phalle pushed against accepted artistic        ART FOUNDATION. Photo:        of more than 25 artists, including American Artist, Tameca Cole,     Dark Calm. 2016. Collage and
practices, creating work that used assemblage and performative
                                                                          Ed Kessler                    Russell Craig, James “Yaya” Hough, Jesse Krimes, Mark Loughney,      graphite on paper. Collection

modes of production. Beginning in the late 1960s, Saint Phalle                                          Gilberto Rivera, and Sable Elyse Smith, the exhibition bears         Ellen Driscoll

starting making large-scale sculptures, which led to an expansion                                       witness to artists’ experimentation with and reimagining of the
of her practice into architectural projects, sculpture gardens, books,                                  fundamentals of living—time, space, and physical matter—pushing
prints, films, theater sets, clothing, jewelry, and, famously, her                                      the possibilities of these basic features of daily experience to
own perfume. From this period forward, Saint Phalle also created                                        create new aesthetic visions achieved through material and formal
a series of innovative works that reflect an ethos of collaboration                                     invention. The resulting work is often laborious, time-consuming,
and engagement with the politics of social space. Addressing                                            and immersive, as incarcerated artists manage penal time through
subjects that ranged from women’s rights to climate change and                                          their work and experiment with the material constraints that shape
HIV/AIDS awareness, Saint Phalle was often at the vanguard in                                           art making in prison. Alongside the exhibition, a series of public
addressing the issues of her time.                                                                      programs, education initiatives, and ongoing projects at MoMA PS1
                                                                                                        will explore the social and cultural impact of mass incarceration.
Central to the exhibition is an examination of Saint Phalle’s large-
scale outdoor sculptures and architectural structures, including
Tarot Garden, a massive architectural park outside Rome, Italy,
which she began constructing in the late 1970s and continued to
develop alongside key collaborators until her death.

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Private Lives Public Spaces                                                                           New Directors/
                                                                                                      New Films 2020

Long before camera phones, the 1923 introduction of small-          Through Jul 5                     Now in its 49th edition, the New Directors/New Films festival is New     Mar 25–Apr 5
gauge film stock heralded the unofficial birth of affordable home   Titus Theaters                    York’s premier showcase for the work of emerging filmmakers from         MoMA and
moviemaking. Over the subsequent decades, many thousands            1 and 2                           around the world. The list of directors who have shown films at New      Film at Lincoln
of reels of amateur film shot around the world amounted to one                                        Directors/New Films over the last near half-century includes such        Center
of the largest and most significant bodies of moving-image work                                       artists as Pedro Almodóvar, Chantal Akerman, Andrea Arnold, Luca
                                                                    Installation view of Private
produced in the 20th century. Private Lives Public Spaces, the      Lives Public Spaces, The Museum   Guadagnino, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Kirsten Johnson, Terence Nance,             A Febre (The Fever). 2019.
Museum’s first gallery installation of home movies and amateur      of Modern Art, New York,          Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, Spike Lee, Sarah Polley, Kelly         Brazil/France/Germany.
films drawn exclusively from its collection, shines a light on a    October 21, 2019–July 5, 2020.    Reichardt, Guillermo del Toro, Joachim Trier, and Denis Villeneuve.      Directed by Maya Da­Rin
                                                                    Photo: Martin Seck
seldom-recognized cinematic revolution.                                                               Any of the filmmakers in this year’s lineup have the potential to be
                                                                                                      as important to the art of cinema as these. Join us in celebrating the
This 100-screen presentation of virtually unseen, homemade                                            continued vitality and promise of the medium.
works dating from 1907 to 1991 explores the connections
between artist’s cinema, amateur movies, and family filmmaking                                        Tickets for MoMA and Film at Lincoln Center members go on sale
as alternatives to commercial film production. Staged as an                                           March 9, and tickets for the general public go on sale March 12.
immersive video experience, the exhibition reveals an overlooked                                      For more information and screening details, visit newdirectors.org.
history of film from the Museum’s archives, providing fresh
perspectives on a remarkably rich precursor to the social media
of today.

Black Family Film Center                                                                                                                                                                                    25
Film Series

                                                                                                                                                                              Members see films
                                                                                                                                                                              for free, every day.
                                                                                                                                                                              Get screening details
                                                                                                                                                                              and reserve tickets at
                                                                                                                                                                              the Member Desk, or
                                                                                                                                                                              visit moma.org/film.

                                                                                                                                                                              Clockwise rom top left:
It’s All in Me:                 Biograph/Edison:                      “In Times like These”:             The Alumni Trilogy:              Participant at MoMA                 One Mile from Heaven.
Black Heroines                  Restorations and                      Amos and Efratia Gitai             Celebrating 30 Years             Founded 15 years ago to create      1937. USA. Directed by
Borrowing a lyric from          Rediscoveries from                    Celebrating the English-           of the Jerusalem                 meaningful social change            Allan Dwan. The Museum
                                                                                                                                                                              of Modern Art Film Stills
Chaka Khan’s anthem “I’m        the Collection                        language publication of            Sam Spiegel School               through storytelling, Participant   Archive; The Ploughshare.
Every Woman,” It’s All in Me    This series highlights restorations   Efratia Gitai: Correspondence      Under the aegis of Renen         has produced some of the            1915. USA. Directed by John
celebrates both a wide range    and rediscoveries from the last       1929–1994, MoMA presents           Schorr, the Jerusalem Sam        most admired films of our era.      H. Collins. The Museum of
of representations and          10 years, drawn from MoMA’s           a staged reading with the          Spiegel School has produced      Including both documentary          Modern Art Film Stills Archive;
                                                                                                                                                                              Kedma. 2002. Israel/Italy/
potent expressions of growth    collection of early Edison and        actors Marthe Keller and           some of the most exciting        and narrative films, Participant    France. Directed by Amos
and self-assertion by black     Biograph films. Many will be          Ronald Gutman on March 5,          student films in international   projects have proven to be          Gitai. Courtesy AGAV Films;
women and girls in films        seen on a big screen for the first    as well as four fiction            cinema today. In continued       urgently relevant and highly        In Jersulaem. 1963. Israel.
drawn entirely from MoMA’s      time in over a hundred years,         features by Efratia Gitai’s son,   recognition of the School’s      influential in the changing world   Directed by David Perlov.
                                                                                                                                                                              Courtesy Sam Spiegel Film
collection, spanning from       and all offer insights into the       the Israeli filmmaker Amos         vibrant 30-year history,         of cinema. That many are also       School, Adam Greenberg;
1907 to 2018. Through Mar 5     development of film as an art         Gitai—including Esther (1986)      MoMA presents the Alumni         audience favorites speaks to        RBG. 2018. USA. Directed by
                                form, serving as windows into         and Berlin-Jerusalem (1989)        Trilogy, featuring the North     the hunger for stories that         Betsy West, Julie Cohen; From

                                early 20th-century America.           in new digital restorations.       American premiere of             engage with the critical issues     Inside of Here. 2020. USA.
                                                                                                                                                                              Directed by Bill Basquin; Moyra
                                Mar 4–25                              Mar 5–9                            The Voice of Ahmad (2019).       of our time. Apr 29–May 17          Davey. i confess. 2019. Video
                                                                                                         Apr 23–26                                                            (color, sound), 56:46 min.
                                                                                                                                                                              Courtesy the artist; greengrassi,
                                                                                                                                                                              London; and Galerie Buchholz,
                                                                                                                                                                              Berlin/Cologne/New York;
                                                                                                                                                                              What Time Is It There? 2001.
                                                                                                                                                                              Taiwan/France. Directed by
                                                                                                                                                                              Tsai Ming-Liang; A Man Called
                                                                                                                                                                              Adam. 1966. USA. Directed by
                                                                                                                                                                              Leo Penn. Courtesy Everett
                                                                                                                                                                              Collection; Casino Royale.
In Character: Daniel Craig                                                                                                                                                    2006. UK/Czech Republic/
On the eve of his last outing                                                                                                                                                 USA/Germany/Bahamas.
as James Bond, we celebrate                                           Tsai Ming-Liang: In                                                                                     Directed by Martin Campbell.
Daniel Craig with a survey of   Modern Matinees:                      Dialogue with Time,                                                 Modern Mondays                      © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
                                                                                                                                                                              Pictures/Photofest. Courtesy
his most memorable screen       Cicely Tyson                          Memory, and Self                   Moyra Davey                      Through intimate evenings of        Photofest
roles. Mar 3–22                 Since the early 1950s, Harlem-        For close to three decades,        This cinematic survey—           screening and conversation,
                                born Cicely Tyson has been            Tsai Ming-Liang has defied         the first in the US for the      this ongoing series explores
                                acting professionally, nimbly         cinematic conventions              Canadian, New York–based         adventurous approaches to the
                                shifting between nascent              by stretching the limits of        photographer, writer, and        moving images and presents
                                television series, the New York       minimalism and stillness to        filmmaker Moyra Davey—           new cinematic work from
                                stage, and motion pictures.           explore themes of solitude,        presents moving image work       around the world. This spring,
                                This Modern Matinees tribute          desire, the passage of time,       by Davey going back to the       Modern Mondays continues
                                highlights her pivotal roles in       and memory. Apr 10–25              1990s. Opens Apr 30              with Jennifer Bolande, Bill
                                Sounder, The Autobiography of                                                                             Basquin, Narimane Mari, Simon
                                Miss Jane Pittman, and more.                                                                              Liu, Zina Saro-wiwa, and more.
                                Mar 4–Apr 30                                                                                              Full details at moma.org/

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Adam Linder: Shelf Life                                                                                 Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver:
Shahryar Nashat: Force Life                                                                             Cinematic Illumination

For the inaugural commissions in the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis           Through Mar 8
Studio, choreographer Adam Linder presents the performance Shelf            Floor 4
Life, and artist Shahryar Nashat presents the installation Force Life.
                                                                            The exhibitions
Linder’s Shelf Life is a choreographic work for six dancers. Using a        alternate throughout        In 1969, Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver conceived of an immersive moving          Mar 28–Apr 26
variety of dance vocabularies—as well as costumes, props, and their         the day, so that only       image event created by beaming images from 18 slide projectors           Floor 4
voices—the performers interpret three concepts that together form           one is on view at           across the Tokyo discotheque Killer Joe’s. The resulting Cinematic
what Linder describes as a “nervous system of dance”: the barre             a given time. See           Illumination had the effect of transforming frame-by-frame film          Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver.
where movement begins; the blood flow that propels the body; and            moma.org for the            projection into a 360-degree environment intended to meld with           Cinematic Illumination.
the brain that reflects on the dancing body, its physical impulses          schedule.                   the sound, lights, and moving bodies in the underground venue.           1968–69. Installation
as well as its rational calculations. The title Shelf Life alludes to the                               Gulliver created the nearly 1,500 slides from film footage of everyday   view, Japanese Expanded
                                                                            From left: Adam Linder.
finite physical resources expended by the dancer’s body and how             Shelf Life. 2019. © 2020    actions and magazine imagery, imbuing one of the period’s most
                                                                                                                                                                                 Cinema: Revisited, Tokyo
                                                                                                                                                                                 Photographic Art Museum,
the virtuosity and ephemerality of performance is defined within            Adam Linder; Shahryar       spectacular multiple projection works with a do-it-yourself attitude.    2017. Courtesy the artist
the context of a museum.                                                    Nashat. Force Life. 2020.                                                                            and Tokyo Photographic
                                                                            © 2020 Shahryar Nashat.
                                                                            Photos: Will Davidson
                                                                                                        Gulliver had staged performances since he was a teenager in the          Art Museum
Nashat’s Force Life consists of four works: a video titled Blood (what                                  Kansai region, before hitchhiking to Tokyo in 1967 with the intent
is authority); a horizontal sculpture titled Barre (are you nervous                                     to pursue filmmaking. There, Gulliver joined a vibrant scene in
in this system); and two marble sculptures titled Brain (you no longer                                  which art was staged outside of gallery spaces and cinema was
have to simulate) and Brain (do you feel nervous in this system).                                       expanded to multiple projections or moved off-screen entirely.
These works consider the ways in which art is experienced—how                                           This dynamic interdisciplinary mix unfolded against the backdrop
an artwork is seen by the eyes, felt through the body, and perceived                                    of a booming postwar youth culture that tapped into global
by the mind. An immersive light installation, which changes                                             psychedelia and ignited critical debates about technology, politics,
throughout the day in relation to the natural shift in light outside,                                   and Japanese-US relations.
unites the disparate works on view into a multisensory environment
that functions as a cohesive whole.                                                                     Originally made for the Intermedia Arts Festival of 1969, this
                                                                                                        presentation of Cinematic Illumination premieres the recent
                                                                                                        restoration and acquisition of the work by MoMA’s Department
                                                                                                        of Media and Performance. The first presentation of a historical
The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio is our space for
                                                                                                        moving image installation in the Kravis Studio, it brings the 1960s
live events dedicated to performance, music, sound, spoken
                                                                                                        to life on a large scale, interweaving the international history of
word, and expanded approaches to the moving image.
                                                                                                        avant-garde art, experimental approaches to film, and the meeting
                                                                                                        of art and technology in nightlife spaces.

Kravis Studio                                                                                                                                                                                                29
The People’s Studio:
Collective Imagination

Beyond the Uniform                     Dorothea Lange Poetry Program            Floor 2
Listen to this audio tour featuring    Inspired by Dorothea Lange: Words
artists and experts from MoMA’s        & Pictures, poets Tess Taylor, Brynn     Free with museum
Department of Security who share       Saito, and Marcelo Hernandez             admission
personal stories about works on        Castillo read selections from
view. Daily                            their work that speak to issues of       Open daily during
                                       migrancy, followed by a discussion       Museum hours
A Day Led by Security Officers         about their book project for the
Join security officers and artist      exhibition. Sat, Mar 21, 2:00 p.m.       Programs and
Chemi Rosado-Seijo for a day of art-                                            activities are
making, conversation, and music in     Music Video Night with Hidji             designed for
the People’s Studio and galleries.     Join us for an evening of screenings     adults and teens.
Sat, Mar 7, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.       and conversation with director Hidji
                                       and Gregg Kaysen of Mass Appeal.         Photo: Noah Kalina

Book Making                            Music Video Night is a series in which
Learn techniques for creating your     inspiring leaders in the music video
own handmade book. Add to it           industry share insights into their
through drop-in writing and collage    working processes and career paths.
activities. Daily, beginning Apr 1     A reception follows. Thu, Apr 2,
                                       9:30 p.m.
Wendy’s Subway Reading Room
Consult a resource library, created    Arpillera Workshop with
by Wendy’s Subway, that represents     Sarah Zapata
diverse perspectives on the theme      Artist and writer Sarah Zapata
of collective imagination. Daily       invites visitors to explore the power
                                       of arpilleras—detailed, hand-sewn,
Listening Sessions with                three-dimensional textile pictures,
Gelsey Bell                            made collectively by women from
Join composer, vocalist, and           the shantytowns of Lima, Peru—
scholar Gelsey Bell for a guided       and explore basic embroidery and
listening experience of modern and     latch hook techniques to create a
contemporary music. Each session       collective textile of their own.
highlights a particular section of     Thu, Apr 9 & 16, 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.;
the Museum’s Fluxus audio archive      Sat, May 2, 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.
and the Steven Lieber collection.
Thursdays, Mar 5 & Apr 30,
2:00 p.m.

The People’s Studio: Collective Imagination, located in the
Paula and James Crown Creativity Lab, is a participatory
program focusing on the human relationships that shape
works of art. Visitors can experiment with artists’ strategies,
and join conversations and workshops about the networks,
cultures, and environments that sustain artistic practice.
To learn more, visit moma.org/creativitylab.

Crown Creativity Lab
First Thursdays                                      Let’s Talk Art                          Below: Live Transmission
                                                                                             Drawing with Morgan O’Hara,
                                                                                                                             Specific Objects,                             Access Programs
Join us on the first Thursday of                     A series of daily conversations         June 13, 2019. Photo: Beatriz   A Judd Symposium                              We offer a variety of programs and
each month for evening hours:                        about art on view in the galleries,     Meseuger                                                                      services to ensure the Museum is
                                                                                                                             This half-day symposium will consist
unwind in the galleries, dine, join                  led by MoMA educators, artists,                                                                                       accessible to everyone. Wheelchairs,
                                                                                                                             of close readings of specific works
a conversation, and more. Don’t                      and other special guests.                                                                                             portable stools, and FM assistive
                                                                                                                             on view in the exhibition in order
miss artist talks with Haegue Yang                   A selection is provided here; for                                                                                     listening devices (headsets and neck
                                                                                                                             to discuss Donald Judd’s legacy
(March), Neri Oxman (April), and                     complete listings visit moma.org.                                                                                     loops) for sound amplification
                                                                                                                             and relevance today. Fri, Mar 13,
Faith Ringgold (May). For details,                                                                                                                                         are available for all Access Programs.
                                                     Let’s Talk Art programs are free for                                    1:00–5:30 p.m.
visit moma.org/firstthursdays.                       members and Museum admission ticket                                                                                   Access Programs are free of charge. Space is
Thursdays, Mar 5, Apr 2 & May 7,                     holders. No registration is required.                                   Free for members. Registration is required.
                                                                                                                                                                           limited, and preregistration is required. For more
open until 9:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                       information or to register, call (212) 408-6447

Free for members and with Museum
                                                     Thirty-Minute Orientation Tour                                          hablArte                                      or email accessprograms@moma.org.

admission. Admission to talks is free,               Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays,                                           Pásate una hora explorando la
                                                     11:00 a.m.                                                                                                            Art inSight
but tickets are required; members may                                                                                        colección reinstalada de MoMA a
reserve tickets in advance.                                                                                                                                                Tuesdays, Mar 3, Apr 7 & May 5,
                                                                                                                             través de una conversación con
                                                     How to Look at Lithographs,                                                                                           2:00–4:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                             educadores. hablArte is a series of
                                                     with Curator Esther Adler and                                           conversations about art in Spanish,           For blind and low-vision visitors
Never Stop Drawing                                   Conservator Laura Neufeld                                               led by MoMA educators, staff,
                                                     Thu, Mar 19, 3:00 p.m.                                                  and other special guests. All are
This series of programs invites                                                                                                                                            Create Ability
                                                                                                                             welcome, from native speakers to              Sundays, Mar 15, Apr 19 & May 17,
visitors to rediscover the daily act of              Artist Wendy Red Star on                                                new learners seeking opportunities
drawing, a common practice among                                                                                                                                           11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (ages 5–17)
                                                     Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures                                        for conversation. hablArte occurs
artists, designers, scientists, and                                                                                                                                        and 2:00–4:00 p.m. (ages 18+)
                                                     Wed, Apr 1, 3:00 p.m.                                                   every first Friday at 6:00 p.m. and
researchers of all ages. A selection
                                                                                                                             first Saturday at 3:00 p.m. For               For individuals with intellectual and
is provided here; for complete                       Artist Sam Contis on Dorothea                                           listings and topics visit moma.org.
                                                                                                                                                                           developmental disabilities and their families
listings visit moma.org.                             Lange: Words & Pictures
                                                     Fri, Apr 3, 3:00 p.m.                                                   hablArte programs are free for members        Meet Me at MoMA
Never Stop Drawing programs are free
for members and Museum admission ticket
                                                                                                                             and Museum admission ticket holders. No       Tuesdays, Mar 24, Apr 14 & May 12,
                                                                                                                             registration is required.
holders. No registration is required.                Queer Perspectives Tour                                                                                               2:30–4:00 p.m.
                                                     Thursdays, Mar 5, Apr 2 &
Drop-in Drawing                                                                                                                                                            For individuals with dementia and their family
                                                     May 7, 5:30 p.m.                                                                                                      members or caregivers
Fridays and First Thursdays,
6:00–8:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                           Interpreting MoMA
Materials are provided. All ages are welcome.                                                                                                                              Thu, Apr 23 & Thu, May 21, 5:30 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                           For deaf adults

In Process
A monthly series in which artists
lead visitors through exhibitions
using direct experimentation with
their preferred materials, techniques,
and ideas. Fri, Mar 20, Sat, Mar 21,
Fri, Apr 17 & Sat, Apr 18, 3:00 p.m.

In Process programs are free with gallery
admission. Capacity is limited and registration is
available 30 minutes before the program begins.

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