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FIVE FOR FRIDAY: THE APPEAL OF THE UNAPPEALING

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May 20, 2016  |  Five for Friday
Five for Friday: A Presidential Presence

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.

You’d have to own a seriously effective pair of horse blinders, or have access to—and reside on—an island without WiFi, newspaper deliveries, or the arrival of other people, to miss the latest election-season shenanigans here in the U.S. Read more

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March 11, 2016  |  Five for Friday
Five for Friday: National Alfred Hitchcock Day

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.

Tomorrow (and every March 12) is National Alfred Hitchcock Day. Read more

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January 15, 2016  |  Five for Friday
Five for Friday: The Art of David Bowie

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.

To call David Bowie an art enthusiast would be something of an understatement; at times it seemed that his very existence was an art project. Read more

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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