October at MoMA

Glenn_lowry_2005Dear Friends:

This month brings the highly anticipated exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs to MoMA. The largest presentation of Matisse’s groundbreaking cut-outs to date, it includes the monumental The Swimming Pool, newly conserved and on view for the first time in 20 years. The exhibition opens on October 12, but members will want to mark their calendars for Member Previews, which run October 8–11, and remember that members and their guests receive priority access and do not need to purchase timed tickets. When you’re here, be sure to visit MoMA Studio: Beyond the Cut-Out, our latest hands-on learning studio, where visitors of all ages can experiment with Matisse’s playful cut-paper techniques and so much more.

Also opening this month is a not-to-be missed presentation of Jean Dubuffet’s work across a range of mediums. Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor, opening October 4, marks the first retrospective in the United States of the artist’s work, which upends the everyday to elicit a range of emotional responses from viewers.

In the theaters, a new screening series devoted to the onscreen personas cultivated by iconic actors, Acteurism, begins this month with a look at Ann Sheridan. Beginning October 14, we present a mid-career survey of filmmaker Bill Morrison, including a special screening of his Spark of Being accompanied by a live performance from Dave Douglas & Keystone, and a Modern Mondays event with Morrison on October 20. To Save and Project, MoMA’s 12th annual festival of film preservation, kicks off on October 24 with Allan Dwan’s 1929 masterpiece The Iron Mask, and we’ll present the premiere display of recently discovered footage from an unreleased, black-cast feature film from 1913.

With so many exciting things to see and do at MoMA this month, we certainly hope to see you here.

Glenn D. Lowry