Posts by Laura Hoptman
April 26, 2013  |  Collection & Exhibitions
Henry Taylor, Pawel Althamer, and Cathy Wilkes Walk into a Bar…
Installation view of Gallery 10 in MoMA's second-floor Contemporary Galleries. Photo © 2013 Jonathan Muzikar

Installation view of Gallery 10 in MoMA’s second-floor Contemporary Galleries. Photo © 2013 Jonathan Muzikar

When I was in graduate school studying art history, we used to joke about the “this looks like this” problem that we perceived as running rampant in the field. Stated simply, the problem is that it’s very easy to find visual similarities between objects that really have nothing historically, contextually, or subjectively to do with each other.

November 8, 2012  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
A Curator Observing an Artist Being a Curator

Trisha Donnelly installing Gallery 22 on the fourth floor of the Museum (artist’s back is to the camera)

It has been just about a year since the artist Trisha Donnelly was invited to be the tenth artist to participate in Artist’s Choice, an ongoing series in which a contemporary artist is asked to create an exhibition from the The Museum of Modern Art’s vast collection.

October 9, 2012  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Yayoi Kusama’s Return to MoMA

Front page of the Daily News with a photograph of Kusama’s “Grand Orgy to Awaken the Dead” at MoMA, August 25, 1969

When The Museum of Modern Art undertook the exhibition Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama, 1958–1972 in 1998 we thought that we were giving this great artist her first exhibition at MoMA.