July–August at MoMA

LowryDear Friends:

In the summer months The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden is a maze of art and activity, where you can discover the Agora series that invites visitors to join open conversations on modern and contemporary art, play Yoko Ono’s subversive White Chess Set, enjoy music—including contemporary bands, DJs, and classical performances during MoMA Nights and Summergarden—and see out-of-the-ordinary artworks like Pierre Huyghe’s sculpture that incorporates a live bee colony.

At MoMA PS1, weekly Warm Up dance parties continue to be a destination for New Yorkers looking to celebrate the season, and this year’s Young Architects Program installation, COSMO, by Office for Political Innovation, tackles the critical global issue of clean drinking water.

Transnational perspectives also come to the fore in exhibitions such as Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Zoe Leonard: Analogue, and Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980 (which closes July 19), while the depth of a single artist’s vision and influence can be seen in surveys of Yoko Ono’s pioneering early works, Jacob Lawrence’s landmark Migration Series, and Andy Warhol’s seminal Campbell’s Soup Cans.

As the Department of Film marks its 80th anniversary, celebrations in the theaters continue with an exuberant survey of beloved Technicolor films. There’s also a tribute to Ingrid Bergman, a taste of Mexican film noir, and a selection of films that have influenced director Martin Scorsese’s work. MoMA founding director Alfred Barr called film “the only great art form peculiar to the twentieth century,” and as the film collection continues into the 21st, it has grown to include more than 25,000 works. If you haven’t already, I hope you make MoMA your destination to see both the great cinema of the past and the work of today’s up-and-coming filmmakers.

Glenn D. Lowry