Is This the Original?

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 1:30 p.m.

The Mercedes T. and Sid R. Bass Painting and Sculpture Gallery, Gallery 1, fifth floor
The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Painting and Sculpture Gallery, Gallery 2, fifth floor
The Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Painting and Sculpture Gallery, Gallery 5, fifth floor
The Debra and Leon Black Painting and Sculpture Gallery, Gallery 7, fifth floor
The Patricia and Gustavo Cisneros Painting and Sculpture Gallery, Gallery 8, fifth floor

Visitors often ask if they are looking at the original, particularly in front of many of MoMA’s iconic collection works on the fifth floor. What do we gain from looking at an original work of art in a museum, and why is that important? In this session, we discuss the significance of the original, and how this very idea was challenged beginning in the early 20th century.

Gallery Sessions, impromptu interactions facilitated by Museum educators that explore the creative process, art history, and the experience of art, take place daily in select galleries. Groups meet in the galleries noted on the schedule. Gallery Sessions are free with Museum admission. No registration is required.

Sign language–interpreted Gallery Sessions are held every fourth Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. FM headsets for sound amplification are available for all talks.

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