September 30, 2011  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Tech, Videos
Hacking the Solari

Hacked Solari di Udine flight board

One of the aspects I like most about working in the Digital Media department is building exhibition subsites, the online complements to our gallery exhibitions. We don’t build all our subsites in-house; many are handled by outside design firms. In the case of Talk to Me Read more

September 29, 2011  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions, Film
Salvador Dalí Has Left the Building

Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí. Un Chien andalou. 1928. France. 35mm print, black and white, silent, approx. 16 min. Gift of Luis Buñuel

Between 1964 and 1966 Andy Warhol commenced an ambitious project in which he would photograph, using 16mm motion picture film, his Factory superstars, art world luminaries, underground celebrities, fashionistas, rock and roll gods, bold-faced Hollywood names, drag queens, and aimless teenagers who gravitated to the avant garde, Pop art world of New York in the mid-1960s. Read more

September 28, 2011  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Raymond Pettibon’s Perfect Wave
Raymond Pettibon. No Title (The bright flatness). 2003

Raymond Pettibon. No Title (The bright flatness). 2003. Watercolor on paper. The Museum of Modern Art. The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift, 2005 

Recently my colleagues in MoMA’s Department of Film have blogged about their favorite summer films in tandem with the current film series Hot and Humid: Summer Films from the Archives and invited Inside/Out readers to suggest their own favorites. Read more

September 27, 2011  |  An Auteurist History of Film
A Brief Auteurist History Hiatus

Duel in the Sun. 1946. USA. Directed by King Vidor

As you’ve probably noticed, it has been a few weeks since the last An Auteurist History of Film post. The column’s author, curator Charles Silver, is currently taking a brief hiatus, but his weekly musings on film history and auteur theory will resume shortly. Read more

September 23, 2011  |  Five for Friday
Five for Friday: How Do You Like Them Apples?

Five for Friday, written by a variety of MoMA staff members, is our attempt to spotlight some of the compelling, charming, and downright curious works in the Museum’s rich collection.

Like every good New Englander, I eagerly await the start of the fall season and the bounty it brings. Read more

September 22, 2011  |  Film
Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today

Passerby #3 (Rainbow). 2009. South Korea. Written and directed by Shin Su-won

One learns, I think, a fair amount about a national culture through its cinema, particularly if the culture is as homogenous as is Korea’s, with its rituals, social practices, communal aspirations, tortured history, and earthy cuisine. What is quite special to me is, unlike many other cinemas, that Korean films are made first and foremost for Koreans, because, after all, it is they and not anybody else who speak the language in which the films are made, and, unlike films manufactured by and for the Hollywood studios, they are not made with the export market foremost in mind. Read more

September 15, 2011  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Design
MoMA’s Got an Expert Model Surfboard

Hobie Alter. Expert Model Hobie Surfboard, view of deck. 1958

In its August 1997 issue, Longboarder magazine ran a story on MoMA’s Hobie surfboard with the tag line “MoMA’s Got a Woody: Yes, But is it Art?” Fun hook, but perhaps the wrong question. The better question might be, why a surfboard? or better still, why this surfboard? Read more

September 9, 2011  |  Film
“Laugh at the Devil”: The “Satan” Films of Roman Polanski

Rosemary's Baby. 1968. USA. Directed by Roman Polanski. Image courtesy Photofest

Trying to figure out which of Roman Polanski’s films are or are not “horror films” is a maddening and, in the end, fruitless exercise. Read more

September 2, 2011  |  Do You Know Your MoMA?
Do You Know Your MoMA? 9/2/11

How well do you know your MoMA? If you think you can identify the artist and title of each of these works—all currently on view in the Painting and Sculpture galleries—please submit your answers by leaving a comment on this post. We’ll provide the answers next month (on Friday, October 7). Read more