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FIVE FOR FRIDAY: THE APPEAL OF THE UNAPPEALING

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August 21, 2015  |  Five for Friday
Five for Friday: Time to Hit the Water

Five for Friday, written by a variety of MoMA staff members, is our attempt to spotlight some of the compelling, charming, and downright curious works in the Museum’s rich collection.

For many of us, the desire to escape on vacation reaches its apex every August. As heat permeates our daily landscapes and the slower pace of late summer drapes us in languor, we seek out calm country lakes, the majestic ocean, or perhaps a hidden swimming hole. Read more

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April 24, 2015  |  Five for Friday
Five for Friday: Yes We Can! (or Nice Cans, or It’s in the Can)

Five for Friday, written by a variety of MoMA staff members, is our attempt to spotlight some of the compelling, charming, and downright curious works in the Museum’s rich collection.

The exhibition Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967 opens tomorrow (April 25), and as the title implies, the show’s focal point is Warhol’s iconic 1962 suite of 32 paintings of, well, Campbell’s Soup cans. Read more

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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

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December 19, 2014  |  Five for Friday
Five For Friday: Hot Pot of Coffee!

Five for Friday, written by a variety of MoMA staff members, is our attempt to spotlight some of the compelling, charming, and downright curious works in the Museum’s rich collection.

A few years ago a series of studies suggested that, despite all evidence to the contrary, coffee might inhibit creativity. Upon learning of this, my initial reaction was something along the lines of, “Why don’t you take your science and cram it, Einstein.” Read more

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October 24, 2014  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Five for Friday
Five for Friday: Halloween Costume Inspiration from MoMA’s Collection

Five for Friday, written by a variety of MoMA staff members, is our attempt to spotlight some of the compelling, charming, and downright curious works in the Museum’s rich collection.

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October 3, 2014  |  Five for Friday
Five for Friday: Leaf Peeping in MoMA’s Collection

Five for Friday, written by a variety of MoMA staff members, is our attempt to spotlight some of the compelling, charming, and downright curious works in the Museum’s rich collection.

As a native of New England, I wasn’t aware there was such a thing as “leaf peeping” until I moved to New York about a dozen years ago. I guess I took for granted the fact that I didn’t have to go somewhere to see the leaves change color. Since I’m unable to get out of the city this weekend—which the Internet confirms is the peak of the “leaf peeping” season—I decided to round up some foliage from MoMA’s collection… Read more

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April 18, 2014  |  Five for Friday
Five for Friday: Rabbit Redux

Five for Friday, written by a variety of MoMA staff members, is our attempt to spotlight some of the compelling, charming, and downright curious works in the Museum’s rich collection.

With Easter just days away and spring in the air (finally), bunnies—whether as anthropomorphized egg-and-candy-delivery agents or symbols of both metaphorical and literal fecundity—are everywhere. Read more

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February 28, 2014  |  Five for Friday
Five for Friday: And the Winner Isn’t—Embarrassing Best Picture Whiffs

Five for Friday, written by a variety of MoMA staff members, is our attempt to spotlight some of the compelling, charming, and downright curious works in the Museum’s rich collection.

The Museum of Modern Art, Department of Film Academy Award. 1978. Gold-plated britannium on a brass base

The Museum of Modern Art, Department of Film Academy Award. 1978. Gold-plated britannium on a brass base. Photo: Jason Persse

On Sunday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hand out another batch of gold-plated statuettes, so armchair filmmakers like myself are all in a lather Read more

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January 31, 2014  |  Five for Friday
Five for Friday: The Picture Stays in the Picture

I am a big proponent for slowing down to look more closely at art when visiting museums. Sometimes, instead of scrambling to see as many works as possible (and finding that few stick), that means focusing in on just a small number of works during a visit. Read more

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December 20, 2013  |  Five for Friday
Five for Friday: Let It Snow!

You may have heard that in the New York City area we’ve already had our first (and second!) snowfall of the season, and while I’m decidedly not in the “dreaming of a white Christmas” camp, I can appreciate the fleeting beauty of pristine winter scenery. Taking a peek into MoMA’s collection turns up many works befitting the season—some that are arguably better than the real thing, and others that are a reminder of the “joys” of winter weather. Read more