To get everyone in the mood for today’s amorous holiday, I’ve selected some of the best kisses from MoMA’s collection. What’s your favorite? Read more
Posts tagged ‘Andy Warhol’
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
As far as films go, it’s one of those that everyone talks about, but few get around to actually seeing. I’m talking about Andy Warhol’s Empire, his infamous 1964 film that consists of a single, stationary eight-hour view of the Empire State Building at night. Better yet: the film was shot at 24 frames per second and is projected at 16—which means that this epically-long stationary shot of the Empire State is actually seen in slow motion. Though heralded conceptually, it has been repeatedly described as unwatchable. Which is exactly why I wanted to see it. All eight hours of it. Read more
“I like boring things.” – Andy Warhol
As we prepared for the Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures exhibition, we struggled with how to create an online experience for the exhibition. Our colleagues in Graphic Design came up with a simple and elegant idea: a site where people could submit their own “screen tests” in the style of Warhol’s iconic works, and view others’ submissions. The site is live at MoMA.org/screentests. Read more
The exhibition Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures marks the continuation of the long-term effort to preserve one of the artist’s most important bodies of work. Before his death in 1987, Warhol stipulated that his works should be cared for by The Museum of Modern Art, and in 1997 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts completed the donation of the surviving 4,000 reels of original footage and print materials. Read more
For this Educator Journal, I asked teaching artist Alan Calpe to reflect upon the last seven weeks of his Food & Art class. Working with a diverse group of NYC teens, Alan has been investigating the Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen exhibition and exploring the various cultural and social connotations that artists bring to the table (so to speak) when addressing the idea of food in their work. The class has been up to their elbows in paper maché, and we’re all eagerly awaiting their final food-based projects.
-Calder Zwicky, Associate Educator, Teen and Community Programs Read more
My coworker Paulina Pobocha’s recent post discussing a new painting acquisition made casual mention of a staggering fact: at any given moment, MoMA is only able to display some 10 to 15 percent of its collection. This is due to limitations of space, plain and simple. Our acquisitions practices are necessarily limited by these same constraints, and though we continue to carefully maintain and build upon our collection, we cannot acquire nearly as many works as we may wish. Despite our frequent gallery rotations, there are inevitably pieces that spend too much time in crates in Queens.
The Museum counteracts this by being a generous lending institution. At present, more than 170 works from the Department of Painting and Sculpture alone are off-site. This number includes both works that are infrequently exhibited and those that visitors may be accustomed to seeing on a more regular basis.
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
The hallmark of this all-American holiday—and great for leftovers, too—the turkey was one of Pop art master Roy Lichtenstein’s trademark food images. He created this iconic Turkey Shopping Bag for Ben Birillo’s innovative American Supermarket exhibition at the Bianchini Gallery in 1964, which presented a variety of food-related art displayed alongside actual and plastic food items. Intended as advertisements for the exhibition, the Turkey Shopping Bags were sold for $12 each, along with editions of Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Can on Shopping Bag. The shopping bags were among the exhibition’s most popular items, and many visitors used them to carry their other purchases from the exhibition.
Now in MoMA’s collection, this screenprint is one of the many unique works that MoMA has been able to acquire through the incredible support of our trustees, members and donors, and other generous and enthusiastic friends. Thank you all for your generosity over the past year. I wish you a very safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.