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December 6, 2010  |  MoMA Stores
Home for the Holidays

Yinka Shonibare. Untitled (Dollhouse). 2002

This dollhouse is a replica of the 1872 Victorian town house in the East End of London where artist Yinka Shonibare now lives. Born in London, Shonibare spent most of his youth in Lagos, and his dual African and English cultural identity plays a large role in his work, which often takes the form of headless figures wearing the elaborate clothing of upper-class Victorians. Read more

December 5, 2010  |  MoMA Stores
Tempest of a Teacup

Robert Lazzarini. Teacup. 2003

For this project, New York–based artist Robert Lazzarini‘s first experiment in “complex nonlinear distortion,” the artist composited attributes of different cups and saucers to arrive at an archetypal object. He first drew the cup and saucer using three-dimensional modeling software, and then he laser-scanned a well-proportioned spoon and fed the scan directly into his computer. He next applied multiple sine wave patterns along different axes through these virtual objects. You got all that? Read more

December 4, 2010  |  MoMA Stores
You Only Get Three Wishes

Lorna Simpson. III (Three Wishbones in a Wood Box). 1994

Lorna Simpson is best known for her photography, which often combines images of black women with text as a way to explore society’s relationship with race, sex, and ethnicity. Frequently elusive, her works involve the viewer in the creation of their meaning while also confronting the viewer with the underlying racism still found in American culture. Read more

December 3, 2010  |  MoMA Stores
Love, Your Biggest Fan

Yasumasa Morimura. Aimai-no-bi (Ambiguous Beauty). 1995

For Ambiguous Beauty, Japanese photographer and appropriation artist Yasumasa Morimura photographed himself as Marilyn Monroe in her first Playboy pin-up, complete with wig and fake breasts. The reverse side of the fan shows the Japanese character for “love,” and the fan is packaged in a box made from Paulownia, a type of wood historically used by the Japanese for the presentation of formal fans. Read more

December 2, 2010  |  MoMA Stores
Baby It’s Cold Outside

Jim Hodges. Untitled (Double-Sided Blanket). 1998

For this piece, New York City–based artist Jim Hodges wanted to create an imaginary landscape in the form of a blanket meant to resemble a body of water. The blanket “reflects” a poem-fragment written by Hodges, which reads, “If there had been a pool it would have reflected us.” The blanket measures 52 x 72 inches, the exact dimensions of the artist’s own bed, and comes in a half-silvered sleeve. Read more

December 1, 2010  |  MoMA Stores
Star Struck

Lawrence Weiner. Untitled (Stars Don’t Stand Still in the Sky for Anybody pin). 1991

Conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner’s enamel pin printed with the phrase “Stars don’t stand still in the sky for anybody” draws on a recurring theme in his work: language and typography. His exploration of words and phrases extends across the wide variety of mediums in which Weiner works, including film, video, book art, sculpture, performance art, installation art, music composition, and graphic design. Read more

November 30, 2010  |  MoMA Stores
Making Myths from the Mundane

Vik Muniz. Untitled (Medusa Plate). 1999

Each year since 1988, art collector, software entrepreneur, and MoMA trustee Peter Norton has commissioned an art edition to celebrate the holiday season. Created by well-known contemporary artists represented in the Norton family’s own collection, and sent as gifts to personal friends and members of the art community, these highly collectible art objects are interactive and playful. With the holiday season nearly upon us, we thought it would be fun to share some items in the collection with a weeklong series of blog posts. Read more

May 14, 2010  |  MoMA Stores
Discovering Portuguese Design

Whistler Cork Creamer, Sugar, Cups, and Teapot from Destination: Portugal

We recently travelled through Lisbon, Porto, and beyond to find products for our eighth Destination: Design collection, which introduces designers and design themes from around the world. This year’s collection—Destination: Portugal—highlights lifestyle products usually found only in Portugal, and the selection process was an exciting journey for us. We had a number of partners for the project, including Ministry of Culture, Portugal; TemaHome; Turismo de Portugal; aicep Portugal Global; and Fundação de Serralves, who helped introduce us to Portuguese designers, artisans, and manufacturers creating everything from umbrellas and filigree jewelry to furniture, teapots, weather predictors, and notebooks. Read more

December 4, 2009  |  MoMA Stores
MoMA’s Holiday Card Program
Robert Indiana. LOVE. 1967

A holiday card created by Robert Indiana (from his LOVE screenprint) was popular in the late 1960s.

Every year since 1954, we have introduced a new line of holiday cards created by artists and designers from around the world. MoMA’s holiday card program was initiated by the Museum’s Junior Council affiliate group, which was founded five years earlier as a way to “bring together a group of younger people who have…a desire to see the [arts] fostered soundly and liberally.” (The Junior Council subsequently evolved into MoMA’s Contemporary Arts Council.)

What the Junior Council started over fifty years ago has become the responsibility of MoMA’s Retail department, which has continued to develop the program every year since. Many well-known artists and designers have been commissioned to create MoMA holiday cards over the years, including Alexander Calder, Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Ben Shahn, and Joseph Cornell.

For the 2009 selections, the Retail department met over several months to pare over three hundred entries down to the final group of twenty-seven new cards for this holiday season. A final selection was made from entries from as far away as Japan and as close as New York. As in previous years, we wanted to create a diverse collection of cards with a variety of themes, colors, interactive features, and construction techniques. In addition to new pop-up cards by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, this year’s line also includes cards featuring Santa and Rudolph in a New York City taxicab, a skiing Santa, a penguin couple, a herd of reindeer, a group of snowmen decorating a tree, a pyramid of elves, and more. We also selected cards for celebrating Hanukkah, the New Year, and the general holiday season. And every holiday card purchase supports MoMA’s programs! Read more