The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, acquired by the Museum in 2005, is an extraordinary collection of over 2,500 contemporary works on paper. Through a selection of more than three hundred works, this first comprehensive presentation of the gift surveys the various methods and materials within the styles of gestural and geometric abstraction, representation and figuration, and systems-based and conceptual drawings. The exhibition brings together historical works by Lee Bontecou and Joseph Beuys; Minimalist and Conceptual works by Donald Judd and Hanne Darboven; detailed narrative drawings by Elizabeth Peyton and John Currin; collages by Amelie von Wulffen, Mona Hatoum, Lucy McKenzie and Paulina Olowska; and large-scale installations by Nate Lowman and Ján Mancuska, to name just a few. In its exploration of diverse artistic tendencies at the turn of the twenty-first century, this exhibition proudly celebrates the panoramic state of drawing today.
Artists today are expanding the traditional definition of drawing beyond merely “a work on paper,” to include the use of unconventional media. Acclaimed artist Kelley Walker, for example, has helped to evolve the definition of drawing with his innovative work in the digital realm. His work nine disasters (Florida City; Maui; Moran; San Fernando Valley; Anchorage; Kobe; Elba; Los Angeles; TWA Flight 800) (2002), a recent addition to the Museum’s collection, is comprised of nine digital images of disasters taken from mass media. The images are arranged in a grid and superimposed with a constellation of circles made by the artist. Walker stipulates that the images can be reproduced and disseminated as often as desired and on any variety of materials. In consultation with the artist, the work was reproduced as wallpaper for the exhibition Compass in Hand—and it’s also available as a free download.
Organized by Christian Rattemeyer, The Harvey S. Shipley Miller Associate Curator of Drawings, with Cornelia H. Butler, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings.
This exhibition, one of a series highlighting the Museum's contemporary collection, is made possible by The Bank of New York Mellon.
A special series of talks in the format of Pecha Kucha, an informal Japanese lecture style. In each session, approximately five artists who are represented in MoMA's collection discuss twenty slides of their work, twenty seconds per slide.
This series celebrates a gift by The Judith Rothschild Foundation to the Museum of works by over 650 artists.
PopRally Presents: Black Meteoric Star/assume vivid astro focus
Join PopRally for the North American premiere of a special performance by Black Meteoric Star (Gavin Russom) and assume vivid astro focus. These artists will transform MoMA's cavernous Marron Atrium into a new audio-visual landscape, bringing you along on an ecstatic journey through the night.
Gavin Russom created Black Meteoric Star in 2006, channeling his love of dance music and culture into minimal, psychedelic arrangements influenced by early techno and house music. International multimedia collective assume vivid astro focus (avaf) will produce a vibrant visual setting for this music, engaging participants in a celebration of dance, sound, and light.
The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, acquired by MoMA in 2005, is an extraordinary collection of over 2,500 contemporary works on paper, including pieces by Russom and avaf. The exhibition Compass in Hand, which will be open for viewing during this event, presents more than three hundred works from the gift.
Guests will receive a limited-edition mask designed by assume vivid astro focus to wear at the event. Please be advised: the performance will feature strobe lights, a smoke machine, and lasers.
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