The International Program was founded in 1952. Today our goals are to:

  • Build and sustain an ever-expanding network of colleagues in the visual arts across the world
  • Foster research on the visual arts in a global context
  • Share expertise with colleagues and MoMA's public through international programs, platforms, and publications

What We Do

Established in 1952, the International Program’s mission is to build and maintain relationships between the Museum and a diverse network of modern and contemporary art communities across the globe. Through initiatives, including curatorial exchanges, workshops, education institutes, the C-MAP global research program and a series of translated primary documents publications, the department fosters research and critical discourse, as well as exchange with institutions around the world. The International Program also serves as the communication hub for various international projects of departments throughout the Museum.

The Program’s priorities include:

  • Continuing to grow and build the Museum’s network of international colleagues and institutional partners;
  • Fostering global research at MoMA through the Primary Documents publication series, education institutes, and the C-MAP program;
  • Exploring innovative research methodologies through the digital research platform, post;
  • Supporting all of the Museum’s international initiatives, including projects of the Curatorial and Development departments.

Curatorial Exchanges

Support by the Trust for Mutual Understanding has enabled professional exchanges between MoMA and two major Russian institutions—the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. Selected staff members of the three institutions visit, learn, and share professional practices from the corresponding institutions.

Public Events & Education Institutes

The International Program organizes symposia, conferences, think tanks, and education institutes that focus on issues related to the visual arts and architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries in a global context.

Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP)

The Museum’s global research initiative aims to provide a better understanding of the historical imperatives and changing conditions of an increasingly global art world. The scope and methodologies of C-MAP research question the judgments that grow out of the assumption that artistic modernism is or was determined only by the Western European and North American narratives of early twentieth-century avant-gardes. Currently, it is comprised of three research groups, each of which has its own thematic and geographical focus: East Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

To learn more about C-MAP, click here.

Digital Initiative

post: notes on modern and contemporary art around the globe link to post is C-MAP’s digital platform for collaborative research and a space for discussion for participants around the world.

To learn more about post, click here.

Primary Documents Publication Series

Aimed at English-language readers with a serious interest in international modern art, these books contain meticulously edited translations of source materials relating to the visual arts of specific countries, historical moments, disciplines, and themes, together with newly commissioned contextual essays, timelines, and other materials.

The International program’s past publications include:

  • Primary Documents: A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art (2002)
  • Listen Here Now! (2004; Spanish edition published 2007)
  • Alfredo Boulton and His Contemporaries: Critical Dialogues in Venezuelan Art 1912-1974 (2008; Spanish edition published in 2009)
  • Modern Swedish Design: Three Founding Texts (2008)
  • Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents (2010)
  • From Postwar to Postmodern, Art in Japan 1945-1989: Primary Documents (2013)

For more information on the Program’s past publications.




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This course introduces students to the key works and ideas of modern art, from Dada, de Stijl, and the Bauhaus to the beginnings of the New York School. Moving chronologically through the Museum's collection, students encounter an array of renowned and provocative objects—from paintings that challenged the official Academy and revolutionized the conventions of representation, to photographs that capture the dynamism of modern life, to modernist buildings that fill city skylines. Artists covered include Marcel Duchamp, Constantin Brancusi, Paul Klee, Marcel Breuer, Hannah Hoch, Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, Salvador Dalí, and many others.

*Students interested in this course may also wish to enroll in Modern Art, 1880–1915.

Rachel Silveri is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. She focuses on modern and contemporary art, with a particular interest the thematic of the everyday throughout the historic and neo- avant-gardes.






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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the upcoming International Program events?
Upcoming International Program events can be found here and on the Museum’s online calendar.

Are International Program events & institutes open to the public?
International Program holds events and institutes several times each year that are open to the public. These events take place on-site at MoMA and across the globe. For details of upcoming events, please visit Events & Institutes.

How can I attend International Program events & institutes?
Details on how to attend an event that is open to the public will be announced in the program description online here. However, some of our events are streamed and archived online and can be found here, while other events are by-invitation only.

How do you choose the region/country of focus for the various International Program activities?
MoMA's International Program works closely with senior staff, curators, and research staff at the Museum to develop individual programs, publications, and projects. We work together, and with our partners and colleagues across the world, to choose the themes, topics, and geographic areas of focus for our programs.

How can I find out more about what MoMA is doing with my country?
To find out what exhibitions the International Program traveled to in your country or region between 1952 and the late 1980s, visit our interactive, historical timeline here.

How do I purchase books in the Primary Documents series?
The easiest way to purchase books in our Primary Documents series is from the online MoMA store, where you can purchase every volume. In addition, some of our publications are now available at as e-books.

What are the forthcoming titles in the Primary Documents series?
The forthcoming titles in the Primary Documents series include: Mário Pedrosa: Primary Documents (Forthcoming, 2014); Latin American Architecture: Primary Documents (Forthcoming, 2015); Arab Art in the Twentieth Century: Primary Documents (Forthcoming, 2016).

How do I learn more about the history of the International Program?
Visit our interactive, historical timeline, which traces the history of the Program from its inception in 1952 through the late 1980s. In addition, you can visit MoMA Archives to view historical records relating to the program.