Since the early 20th century, abstraction has been associated with so many artistic movements, from Suprematism and Constructivism to Abstract Expressionism and Op art, that it can no longer be defined by any one style or tradition. Indeed, abstraction exists now as a rich and varied trove of formal languages and ideas—an open source of inspiration that extends well beyond the boundaries of art. This exhibition focuses on the print medium, highlighting ways in which abstraction has played a generative role in works of the past decade. Featuring prints, artists’ books, and multiples from the Museum’s collection—by artists such as Cory Arcangel, Tauba Auerbach, Philippe Decrauzat, Liam Gillick, Wade Guyton, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, R. H. Quaytman, and Charline von Heyl—Abstract Generation examines contemporary notions of abstraction through a range of contemporary practices.
Organized by Kim Conaty, The Sue and Eugene Mercy, Jr., Assistant Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books.
The exhibition is made possible by Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro.
In conjunction with the exhibitions Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print, the PopRally committee has been collecting hundreds of submissions of one-minute abstract videos created by the public. These video minutes open a broad window into the ways that abstraction endlessly inspires artists, designers, and anyone observing the peripheries of their own daily life. The captured imagery, ranging from the bizarre to the contemplative, is made from small observations in nature, flowing psychedelic mutations, and digitally imagined spaces.
Join us for a special party and see all of the submitted videos displayed on various screens and projections in MoMA’s lobby and on the Marron Atrium walls. Dream-pop queen Tamaryn will DJ the event, providing a hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape.
There is still time to make a video and see it at MoMA! The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 1. To submit your video, follow these instructions:
Sign in to your Vimeo account or create a new account at vimeo.com. You must comply with the Vimeo Terms of Service.
Go to "Upload a Video." For help with uploading, please visit the Vimeo Helpcenter.
Add your video to the "PopRallyAbstract" group.
Please note that this group is moderated and videos that do not relate to the project or that the Museum otherwise deems inappropriate will not be played at the event and may be removed from the group page. By posting your video in this Vimeo group, you are giving The Museum of Modern Art permission to display the video in the Museum, and to edit it as necessary. Videos longer than one minute in length will not be accepted. At the event, videos will be screened without sound.
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