Collection 1950s–1970s


Stamp, Scavenge, Crush

Fall 2019–Fall 2020


Atsuko Tanaka. Untitled. 1956. Crayon, watercolor, and felt-tip pen on paper, 42 7/8 × 30 3/8" (108.9 × 77.2 cm). Purchased with funds provided by the Edward John Noble Foundation, Frances Keech Fund, and Committee on Drawings Funds. © 2019 Ryoji Ito
  • MoMA, Floor 4, 408 The David Geffen Wing

A bedsheet hand-printed with a rubber laundry stamp, a taxidermied bald eagle affixed to a canvas, a car compacted by a hydraulic press—these are just some of the repurposed materials used by international artists working from the mid-1950s to early 1960s. Sculptors, choreographers, composers, and painters blended their practices and challenged categorization by incorporating readymade goods, symbols, and even trash into their works. Collaboration reigned as friends and lovers from various fields worked with one another to expand the meaning of art to include the world around it.

Organized by Thomas (T.) Jean Lax, Curator, Department of Media and Performance, with Danielle Johnson, former Curatorial Assistant, and Ana Torok, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints.

21 works online


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