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December 5, 2014  |  Artists, Publications
Nicholas Nixon: 40 Years of the Brown Sisters
Cover of Nicholas Nixon. The Brown Sisters. Forty Years, published by The Museum of Modern Art

Cover of Nicholas Nixon: The Brown Sisters. Forty Years, published by The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art first exhibited Nicholas Nixon’s photographs of the Brown Sisters in 1976, as part of his first-ever solo exhibition titled Longer Views: 40 Photographs by Nick Nixon. The series was in its infancy at the time and only two portraits of the sisters existed, Read more

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November 21, 2014  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
“Dear Mr. Szarkowski”: Postcards from Nicholas Nixon

Celebrating the publication and exhibition on the 40th anniversary of Nicholas Nixon’s The Brown Sisters, the Department of Photography wanted to share from its collection a selection of “postcards” by Nixon that the photographer sent to the department’s former director, John Szarkowski. On the back of each of these photographs, one finds letters written by Nixon to Szarkowski. Read more

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November 19, 2014  |  Artists, Film
Bill Morrison: Old Films, Contemporary Music, Timeless Themes
The Great Flood. 2013. USA. Directed by Bill Morrison. Courtesy of Bill Morrison

The Great Flood. 2013. USA. Directed by Bill Morrison. Courtesy of Bill Morrison

Music is a central component of the films of Bill Morrison (currently the subject of a mid-career retrospective at MoMA) and his collaborations with contemporary composers reflect his early interest in music as “a soundtrack in [his] life” and are informed by his artistic training as a painter and filmmaker. Read more

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November 18, 2014  |  Artists, MoMA Stores
Marina Abramović: The Artist Will Be Present
Marina Abramović's Portrait with Scorpion (Closed Eyes) (2005), shown reproduced on the limited-edition scarf, with signature

Marina Abramović’s Portrait with Scorpion (Closed Eyes) (2005), shown reproduced on the limited-edition scarf, with signature

On Tuesday, November 25, Marina Abramović will yet again be present at a MoMA-related event, but this time the occasion is an in-store signing at the MoMA Design Store, Soho. The artist has designed a limited-edition silk scarf (shown above) in collaboration with the fashion company Pineda Covalin, and she will be on hand to sign scarves and copies of her 2010 MoMA exhibition catalogue, Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present. Read more

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November 11, 2014  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Matisse: The Same Thing, Different Means
Henri Matisse. Two Dancers (Deux danseurs). 1937–38. Stage curtain design for the ballet Rouge et Noir. Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, notebook papers, pencil, and thumbtacks, 31 9/16 x 25 3/8” (80.2 x 64.5 cm). Musée national d’art moderne/Centre de création industrielle, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Dation, 1991. © 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Henri Matisse. Two Dancers (Deux danseurs). 1937–38. Stage curtain design for the ballet Rouge et Noir. Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, notebook papers, pencil, and thumbtacks, 31 9/16 x 25 3/8” (80.2 x 64.5 cm). Musée national d’art moderne/Centre de création industrielle, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Dation, 1991. © 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, currently on view in the Museum’s sixth floor temporary exhibition galleries, looks closely at the works Matisse created in the final decade of his career.  Adopting painted paper as his primary medium, and scissors as his chief implement, he invented a radically new form that came to be called a cut-out. But while this work was utterly new, its concerns were consistent with those that had driven Matisse throughout his entire career. Read more

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November 7, 2014  |  Artists, Behind the Scenes, MoMA Stores
Meet Artist Elsa Mora at the MoMA Design Store Soho

This weekend multimedia artist Elsa Mora, who designed one of MoMA’s signature holiday cards this year, will bring her incredible cut-paper creations to the MoMA Design Store in Soho. Shoppers, creatives, and art aficionados alike can stop by to see her work come to life, and meet with Mora in person. Read more

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Are You Inspired to Go Beyond the Cut-Out?
Installation view of MoMA Studio: Beyond the Cut-Out. Installation view. Photo: Sarah Kennedy, 2014

Installation view of MoMA Studio: Beyond the Cut-Out. Photo: Sarah Kennedy, 2014

There has been a lot of excitement around the opening of the exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs. The Museum has been teeming with energetic visitors who see it and walk away feeling buoyed and inspired. We anticipated that this would be a common response to the exhibition, so over the past few months, in dialogue with the exhibition curators—Karl Buchberg, Jodi Hauptman, and Samantha Friedman—we have been designing educational programming that can complement a visitor’s experience in the galleries and provide an outlet for the creative energy that Matisse’s cut-outs generate. Read more

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October 23, 2014  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions, Publications
Robert Gober in Time

Cover of Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor, published by The Museum of Modern Art

Cover of Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor, published by The Museum of Modern Art

Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor, published to accompany the artist’s retrospective at MoMA, is unconventional in a few ways. Read more

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October 8, 2014  |  Artists
Collateral Damage: Lari Pittman’s Flying Carpet with Magic Mirrors for a Distorted Nation
Lari Pittman. Flying Carpet with Magic Mirrors for a Distorted Nation. 2013. Cel-vinyl, spray enamel on canvas over wood panel, 108 x 360 1/8” (274.3 x 914.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. CREDIT LINE TK. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles. © Lari Pittman

Lari Pittman. Flying Carpet with Magic Mirrors for a Distorted Nation. 2013. Cel-vinyl, spray enamel on canvas over wood panel, 108 x 360 1/8” (274.3 x 914.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation, The Broad Art Foundation, and Jill and Peter Kraus. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles. © Lari Pittman

How does an artist approach the grand tradition of history painting in the era of late capitalism, a time marked not by great heroes and legendary victories but by systemic inequity and unrelenting violence? With Flying Carpet with Magic Mirrors for a Distorted Nation, part of a group of three “flying carpet” paintings that was the centerpiece of his 2013 exhibition From a Late Western Impaerium, Lari Pittman considers the heavy psychological toll of life under a declining empire. Read more

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September 24, 2014  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Matisse’s Cut-Outs at MoMA: A Look Back

On October 12, the exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs—the largest presentation of this final chapter of Matisse’s work ever mounted— will open at MoMA.  Much of the anticipation surrounding this show stems from the fact that this visually vibrant and conceptually radical body of work has not been seen on this scale in New York in over 50 years. Read more