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In the 1960s, artists increasingly made work to be seen on the street and on public transportation, in shopping malls and in restaurants. Their collaborations took the form of collectives, periodicals, and businesses that bypassed the need for museums and commercial galleries to display and promote their work. Artists aimed to reenvision performance by using unusual venues, writing instructions they promised to enact, and involving audience members as active participants. Some of their projects were meant to be short-lived or never intended to be realized. Brought together by city living, these artists embraced process, creative relationships, and ideas put into action.

Many of the works in this gallery are drawn from the recent gift of 800 works on paper the Museum received from the Gilbert B. and Lila Silverman Instruction Drawing Collection.

26 works online

Artists

Installation images

How we identified these works

In 2018–19, MoMA collaborated with Google Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos. That project has concluded, and works are now being identified by MoMA staff.

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