July–August 2014 at MoMA

Glenn_lowry_2005Dear Friends:

The city comes to life in new and exciting ways during the summer months—and MoMA is no exception. The beloved Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden takes center stage with Summergarden, presenting contemporary classical and jazz music every Sunday evening in July. And on Thursdays in July and August, our MoMA Nights program offers extended hours in the galleries, special dining options in the cafés, and live music—this year showcasing female musicians.

In the galleries, exhibitions are just as lively. More than 100 exuberant posters and prints by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec will be on view in the first exhibition devoted to the artist at MoMA in 30 years (opening July 26). Equally arresting images comprise the work of Christopher Williams, whose critical and conceptual influence on the history of photography is the focus of the first retrospective of his 35-year career as both artist and professor (opening August 2). The sweeping survey of Sigmar Polke's work in all mediums—called "Wondrous...the most dramatic museum show of the century to date" by The New Yorker—closes on August 3, so be sure to see it.

In the theaters, film exhibitions take on darker, yet equally entertaining, tones, with a retrospective of film noir crime dramas from the Columbia Pictures catalog (beginning July 11), and a survey of films about World War I to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War (beginning August 4).

At MoMA PS1, this year's Young Architects Program installation, Hy-Fi, by The Living, combines cutting-edge technology with bio-design, and provides a spectacular background for the weekly Warm Up dance parties—always a staple of summer fun in New York City.