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Social Realism: Art for the People

Elizabeth Catlett. Mother and Child. 1956. Terra cotta. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, The Modern Women’s Fund, and Dr. Alfred Gold (by exchange). © 2012 Elizabeth Catlett/Lincensed by VAGA, New York, NY

This past summer, the Museum acquired an important sculpture by the African American artist Elizabeth Catlett (b.1915). Read more

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January 4, 2012  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
A Sprawling World Suspended? Andrea Zittel in the Contemporary Galleries

Stepping off the streets of an ever-changing New York into the (also ever-changing) galleries of MoMA, a neatly compact silver trailer sits waiting for you on the second floor, as if ready to whisk you away from the city to embark on an adventure on the open road. Read more

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What Is a Print? An Interactive Website is Now a Book

Cover of What is a Print? publication

What Is a Print? (2011), by Sarah Suzuki, Associate Curator in the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, is a publication that grew out of The Museum of Modern Art’s interactive website of the same name. Read more

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A Way of Seeing

Willem de Kooning in his studio. Photo © 2012 Tom Ferrara. Artwork © 2012 The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

After meeting Bill de Kooning, one thing that first became apparent was that he had amazing skills of observation. Not only was he more visually active than everyone else but he also appeared to enjoy the act of seeing more than anyone. Read more

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December 23, 2011  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions, Videos
Sanja Iveković: Personal Cuts

In 1982 Sanja Iveković presented Personal Cuts on prime-time Yugoslavian national television, on TV Zagreb’s 3, 2, 1 – Action! This video is now on view in MoMA’s retrospective Sanja Iveković: Sweet Violence, and I am most grateful to Sanja for giving us the opportunity to present this work on our blog. Read more

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December 13, 2011  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Tim Burton Takes Flight in the Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade winds through New York City with B.

This past Thanksgiving I had the privilege of taking part in a time-honored New York City tradition, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Read more

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December 9, 2011  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions, Fluxus
Case Study: Anna Ostoya Interprets Fluxkit

There was a hint of prank and play in the air at The Museum of Modern Art on November 1. Had you been walking in the Museum’s Marron Atrium that day, you may have gotten caught in a flurry of white cards descending from above. Read more

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December 1, 2011  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Sanja Iveković: Lady Rosa of Luxembourg

Sanja Iveković. Lady Rosa of Luxembourg, installation view, Luxembourg, 2001

Opening on December 18, Sanja Iveković: Sweet Violence is the first museum retrospective in the United States of the groundbreaking feminist, activist, video, and performance pioneer Sanja Iveković (b. 1949, Zagreb) Read more

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November 22, 2011  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Other Skies Tell Other Stories

Female pilgrims at the tomb of Bahadur Al-Naqshband, Bukhara, Uzbekistan, 2011. Photo courtesy Slavs and Tatars

Slavs and Tatars is an international collective of artists, designers, and writers, founded in 2005. Through their printed work, installations, and performance lectures, they investigate the spheres of cultural influence at work in the vastly complex regions east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China. Read more

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November 1, 2011  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Sum of Days

Sum of Days was initially exhibited at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo between August and November 2010. The invitation from MoMA to make a new version of the piece in the Marron Atrium was a great honor and a chance to reflect on the way the work exists independently of its setting, by seeing what would remain the same and what would be transformed in the new location. Read more