Jorge Macchi Staff 1993

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 208 The David Geffen Wing

Macchi studied piano as a teenager, during the years of Argentina’s military dictatorship (1976–83). The five lines of this sculpture, formed by rope held taught by springs, could be read, as its title suggests, as a musical staff. But the staff is un-notated, suggesting an enforced silence or the inability to put something into language. It pins the soft form of a pillow—a site of intimacy—against the wall. Macchi’s work, like that of some of the other artists in this gallery, exposes the uncomfortable tensions between systems of order and the ways that bodies exceed them.

Gallery label from 2022
Pillow, pillowcase, ropes, springs and nails
31 1/2 x 47 1/4 x 3 1/8" (80 x 120 x 8 cm)
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund
Object number
Painting and Sculpture

The artist
Charles Cosac, São Paulo
2008, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, and Caracas
2017, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired as gift from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.


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

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].