Wendy’s Subway Reading Room

Dec 1–Mar 14, 2020


Wendy's Subway Reading Room, The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Beatriz Meseguer/onwhitewall.com. © 2020 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • MoMA, Floor 2, Creativity Lab The Paula and James Crown Creativity Lab

The library and writing space Wendy’s Subway presents the Reading Room, a rotating collection of publications developed in conjunction with The People’s Studio: Collective Imagination and selected specifically to respond to works on view in the galleries. Including titles solicited from and published by local and international small presses, artist-run projects, and community archives and organizations, the Reading Room focuses on collective and collaborative practices of making and circulating independent publications.

Visitors are encouraged to spend time with the publications and draw their own connections to works on view. Detailed catalogue information for the collection is available on individual library cards in each book.

The Reader, an evolving online and on-site publication, gathers quotes, excerpts, and fragments selected by a range of contributors in response to the prompt, “I read/see/hear/feel collective imagination in…."

Visitors are encouraged to make their own contributions to The Reader by emailing [email protected] or submitting materials directly to MoMA facilitators. Submissions in the form of single-page, scanned excerpts from books, magazines, and other printed matter; photographs and cell phone snapshots; hand- or typewritten notes; etc. are welcome. All submissions should be accompanied by a reference to your source (i.e.: Author/Artist. Title. Year, if applicable). The printed Reader will be updated on site and online every month, so check back regularly to find your submission and new perspectives on collective imagination.

The Reading Room display structure is designed by New York/Brussels-based architectural practice common room.

Wendy’s Subway is a nonprofit library, writing space, and independent publisher located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Since 2013, it has provided a versatile platform for expanding modes of reading, writing, and publishing. Wendy’s Subway is dedicated to encouraging creative, critical, and discursive engagement with arts and literature, in the belief that collaborative practice and equitable access to reading are catalysts for social transformation. Reading Rooms have previously been installed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bard Graduate Center, White Columns, NADA New York, Brown University, and the Carnegie Mellon University School of the Arts.


If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

MoMA licenses archival audio and select out of copyright film clips from our film collection. At this time, MoMA produced video cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. All requests to license archival audio or out of copyright film clips should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For access to motion picture film stills for research purposes, please contact the Film Study Center at [email protected]. For more information about film loans and our Circulating Film and Video Library, please visit https://www.moma.org/research/circulating-film.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].


This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].