Posts by Cara Manes
May 8, 2014  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Speaking with Joan Snyder about Sweet Cathy’s Song (1978)

Installation view, caption TK

Installation view of the fourth-floor Alfred H. Barr Painting and Sculpture Galleries, The Museum of Modern Art, spring 2014. Pictured are works by (from left to right) Sam Gilliam, Dennis Oppenheim (in case), Elizabeth Murray, Joan Snyder, and (on floor) Lynda Benglis

A new installation in the galleries brings together a diverse group of works from the late 1960s and 1970s, a moment when many artists radically reexamined the medium of painting.

January 30, 2014  |  Collection & Exhibitions
New in the Galleries: The Russian Avant-Garde
A view of Russian avant-garde works in MoMA's fifth-floor Painting and Sculpture Galleries

Installation view of the fifth-floor Alfred H. Barr Painting and Sculpture Galleries, The Museum of Modern Art, summer 2013. Pictured are works by from left to right Kazimir Malevich, [at far left], El Lissitzky, Vasily Ermilov, and Aleksandr Rodchenko. Photo: John Wronn]

MoMA’s collection galleries are always changing. When the Artist’s Choice: Trisha Donnelly exhibition closed this past summer in one of the fifth-floor galleries, the Department of Painting and Sculpture had a chance to use that space to conceive a new installation of Russian art from the Museum’s collection.

Richard Serra’s Delineator Comes to MoMA

Richard Serra. Delineator. 1974-75. Installation view on fourth floor of MoMA’s Painting and Sculpture Galleries

Richard Serra’s Delineator (1974-75), in the Museum’s fourth-floor collection galleries, is the newest addition to MoMA’s collection of Painting and Sculpture. The work consists of two rectangular steel plates, each measuring 10’ x 26’ and weighing in at two and a half tons apiece.

Installing Ellsworth Kelly’s Sculpture for a Large Wall

Ellsworth Kelly. Installation view of Sculpture for a Large Wall (1956) and Colors for a Large Wall (1951). Both works The Museum of Modern Art; gift of the artist. © 2012 Ellsworth Kelly

If you’ve visited the Museum in the past few months, you may have seen the special installation of F-111, the massive 23-panel painting that artist James Rosenquist made to wrap around the four walls of the Leo Castelli Gallery

February 14, 2012  |  Artists, Behind the Scenes
F-111, 1965

Installation view of James Rosenquist: F-111 (1964-65) at MoMA. Oil on canvas with aluminum, 23 sections. 10 x 86’ (304.8 x 2621.3 cm). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alex L. Hillman and Lillie P.Bliss Bequest, both by exchange. © 2012 James Rosenquist/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photo by Jonathan Muzikar

A special installation recently opened at MoMA of James Rosenquist’s F-111, an 86-foot-long painting that the artist designed to extend around all four walls of the Leo Castelli Gallery, at 4 East 77 Street in Manhattan.

Social Realism: Art for the People

Elizabeth Catlett. Mother and Child. 1956. Terra cotta. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, The Modern Women’s Fund, and Dr. Alfred Gold (by exchange). © 2012 Elizabeth Catlett/Lincensed by VAGA, New York, NY

This past summer, the Museum acquired an important sculpture by the African American artist Elizabeth Catlett (b.1915).

Installing Twombly at MoMA

Twombly lobby

Installation view of The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, The Museum of Modern Art, Fall, 2011. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

Have you ever wondered what it takes to get a 21-foot-wide painting up onto a museum wall? More than a hammer and nails, to be sure! We recently installed Cy Twombly‘s monumental Untitled (1970) in MoMA’s main lobby

July 15, 2011  |  Collection & Exhibitions
Cy Twombly: Sculpture

Installation view of Cy Twombly: Sculpture at MoMA (May 20–October 3, 2011). Photo: Jonathan Muzikar.

On July 5, the art world lost one of its key figures when Cy Twombly passed away. A remarkably innovative and deeply influential artist, Twombly left an important legacy that resonates in a broad range of contemporary work.

November 11, 2010  |  Artists, Behind the Scenes
From the Imaging Studio: Reflections on Brancusi’s Newborn

Constantin Brancusi. The Newborn. Version I, 1920 (close to the marble of 1915)

Take a look at this sleek, smooth sculpture by Constantin Brancusi—a shimmering ovoid form seemingly floating in space. Would it ever strike you as one of the most difficult objects in our collection to photograph? Well, it is!