Artist Nina Katchadourian watches the dusting of the helicopter. Shown: Arthur Young. Bell-47D1 Helicopter. 1945. Manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Inc., Buffalo, NY. Aluminum, steel, and acrylic plastic, 9′ 2 3/4″ × 7′ 11″ × 42′ 8 3/4″ (281.3 × 302 × 1271.9 cm). Marshall Cogan Purchase Fund. Photo: Manuel Martagon. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art

As part of a two-year collaboration through Artists Experiment, artist Nina Katchadourian presents Dust Gathering, an audio tour offering visitors an unexpected perspective on The Museum of Modern Art by examining its dust.

Dust consists of material from both inside and outside, from Earth and the cosmos, from places very high and very low—and at the Museum, it’s literally an intermingling of different people from around the world. Noticing particularly dusty spaces in the Museum inspired Katchadourian to interview staff members about this ever-present substance that remains mostly out of sight. The audio tour features voices from within the Museum that the public rarely hears from, performing tasks that the public rarely sees. Find out what it takes to dust the suspended helicopter in the Marron Atrium atrium, learn about the building’s complex air-filtration systems, and get to know some of the particularly troublesome, dust‐attracting modernist sculptures.

To listen to Dust Gathering, download MoMA’s app, visit moma.org/audio, or pick up an Audio+ device in the lobby.

Download a location guide for a list of Dust Gathering audio stops or pick one up at the audio desk in the main lobby.

Works referenced in this tour may not be on view at all times. Please visit our collection online for more information.

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MoMA Audio+ is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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