Posts in ‘Collection & Exhibitions’
March 4, 2015  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Design
Is This for Everyone? New Design Acquisitions at MoMA

What do Susan Kare’s graphic designs for user interface icons, The Living’s mycelium bricks, and Formafantasma’s speculative Botanica series of vessels have in common? Apart from each being compelling contemporary design experiments in their own right, they’re also part of the newest crop of acquisitions welcomed into The Museum of Modern Art’s collection, and all are now on public display in the recently opened exhibition This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good. Read more

Looking at Music, Mayhem, and Rock-n-Roll

Leading up to her new class After-Hours: Making Music Modern, instructor Marianne Eggler sits down with MoMA’s Susannah Brown to share her excitement for this unique new program. Read more

February 27, 2015  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Five for Friday
Five for Friday: How Is this Art? or What I Learned from Conceptual Art

When you visit a modern art museum it can be easy to find yourself looking at a blank white canvas or a pile of bricks and wonder, “How is this art? Shouldn’t art be about something?” The problem of appreciating art is not limited to casual viewers. As an artist and employee at MoMA, I too can find it tough to relate to certain artworks. But the good news is that we can do more than just throw up our hands and ask for our money back. With a bit of imagination, we can make up our own ideas about an artwork and those stories may end up having more meaning to us than any art historical analysis. Read more

February 24, 2015  |  Collection & Exhibitions
The LP Cover: A Counter-Cultural Icon

The Beatles’ Revolver, with Klaus Voorman’s haunting illustration and photo-collage work, was the first LP cover added to the design collection in my time at MoMA and I was thrilled to see it arrive. Recently Help!, Rubber Soul, and Sgt Peppers’ Lonely Heart’s Club Band LP covers were acquired and all are currently on view in Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye along with The Beatles, aka the White Album, from MoMA’s drawings and prints collection. Exhibited together, these Beatles album covers offer a design-based narrative of the band’s evolution, and at same time read as a cultural narrative of the times. Read more

February 20, 2015  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Trains and Cars: A Gallery Tour with The Forever Now artist Joe Bradley

In conjunction with the exhibition The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, we invited several artists from the show to walk us through MoMA’s permanent collection galleries and discuss a few artworks. Revisiting key pieces in the Museum’s collection with these artists has truly given me a fresh perspective on the works themselves and their significance today. Read more

February 13, 2015  |  Do You Know Your MoMA?
Do You Know Your MoMA? 2/13/15


How well do you know your MoMA? If you think you can identify the artist and title of each of these works from MoMA’s collection—all currently on view throughout the Museum—please submit your answers by leaving a comment on this post. We’ll provide the answers next month (on Friday, March 13). Read more

February 5, 2015  |  Collection & Exhibitions
Korean Hangul Typeface Design: A Unique Game of Modular Design

In 2011, MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design acquired 23 digital fonts, a landmark addition to the Museum’s collection. The fonts were first encountered by MoMA visitors in the exhibition Standard Deviations: Types and Families in Contemporary Design, and went to join other contemporary graphic design acquisitions such as the @ sign and, later on, the Google Maps Pin. As part of a new exhibition series with the Hyundai Card Design Library in Seoul, Korea, MoMA senior curator Paola Antonelli has organized three capsule exhibitions that highlight new frontiers in contemporary design and encourage international dialogue. The first exhibition, Digital Typefaces, opened in Seoul in October 2014 and is on view until February 15, 2015. Read more

February 4, 2015  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Tech
Object:Photo—Visualizing the Thomas Walther Collection
A screen grab of the Object:Photo website showing a map of selected events in László Moholy-Nagy’s life

A screen grab of the Object:Photo website showing a map of selected events in László Moholy-Nagy’s life

When MoMA’s departments of Photography and Conservation set out to make a website to showcase the 341 photographs in the Thomas Walther Collection, the goal was to create an innovative resource that would take full advantage of the Internet’s interactivity. In December, MoMA launched Object:Photo, a digital research platform featuring four data visualizations that allow visitors to explore the materials, techniques, and art historical context of these 341 modernist photographs. Read more

Sketching from Life: Drawing Sessions Inspired by The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec
Sketching from Life drawing sessions at MoMA inspired by The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters. All photos by Manuel Molina Martagon. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Sketching from Life drawing sessions at MoMA inspired by The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters. All photos by Manuel Molina Martagon. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

In 2014, MoMA’s education, curatorial, graphic design, exhibition design, and marketing departments collaborated to develop an interactive learning space adjacent to the exhibition The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters. This is the third interactive space we’ve developed in relation to an exhibition, following the success of Performing John Cage and the Polke Pop-Up Activity Space. This café-like space offers activities and resources to connect participants with Lautrec’s life and artistic process using both unfacilitated and facilitated approaches. Read more

January 30, 2015  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Bread Tins and Thumbtacks: A Gallery Tour with The Forever Now Artist Michael Williams

The artists featured in The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World all draw inspiration from a dizzying array of art-historical styles and processes. Two years ago, in conjunction with the exhibition Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925, MoMA asked contemporary artists to discuss works in the show that they found compelling. We thought it might be fun and enlightening to revisit this approach and invite several artists from The Forever Now into the Museum’s collection galleries to see which works pique their interest. Read more