<h1 class="page">MoMA RESEARCH FAQ</h1> <div id="main"> <div class="column-a"> <ul id="menu"> <li class="first"><a href="/research-and-learning/classes">Classes at MoMA</a><a href="#" class="toggle">+</a><ul><li><a href="https://www.moma.org/calendar/programs/100">Daytime Classes</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.moma.org/calendar/programs/99">Evening Classes</a></li> <li><a href="https://moma.org/research-and-learning/classes/online">Online Courses</a></li> <li><a href="https://moma.org/research-and-learning/classes/classes">FAQ</a></li> </ul></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/international-program">International Program</a><a href="#" class="toggle">+</a><ul><li><a href="/research-and-learning/international-program/globalresearch">Global Research: C-MAP</a></li> <li><a href="http://post.at.moma.org">Research online: post</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/international-program/research">Publications</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/international-program/events">Institutes and Events</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/international-program/timeline">Timeline and Map</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/international-program/exchange">Staff Exchanges</a></li> </ul></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/teachers">K–12 Teachers</a><a href="#" class="toggle">+</a><ul><li><a href="/research-and-learning/teachers/online">Online Resources</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/teachers/workshops_resources">Workshops</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/teachers/showcase">MoMA Educator Tips</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/classes/teachers">Online Courses for Teachers</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/teachers/edu_exhibitions">Education Exhibitions</a></li> </ul></li> <li><a href="/learn/moma_learning" class="offsite">MoMA Learning<span class="icon"></span></a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/momarnd">MoMA R&amp;D</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/mrc">Museum Research Consortium (MRC)</a></li> <li><a href="/collection/provenance">Provenance Research Project</a></li> <li><a href="/explore/publications">Publications</a></li> <li class=" selected"><a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources">Research Resources</a><a href="#" class="toggle">+</a><ul><li><a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/archives">Archives</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/filmpreservation">The Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/circulatingfilm">Circulating Film and Video Library</a></li> <li class="selected"><a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/library">Library</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/cisneros">Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/study-centers">Study Centers</a></li> </ul></li> </ul> <div class="box"> <h3 class="top">RESEARCH RESOURCES FAQS</h3> <ul class="dots"> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/library/faq_library">Library Access FAQ</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/library/faq_library_collection">Library Collections FAQ</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/archives/archives_faq">Archives FAQ</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/library/faq_dadabase">DADABASE FAQ</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/library/faq_art_research">Art Research FAQ</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/library/faq_moma_research">MoMA Research FAQ</a></li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/momaqns">Directions to MoMA QNS</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> <div class="column-b"> <div class="box"> <ul class="top"> <li><a href="#momacoll">Is the whole collection on MoMA.org? How do I find out if a work is in the collection?</a></li> <li><a href="#collsize">How many works are in the Museum&rsquo;s collection?</a></li> <li><a href="#momawork">How do I learn about a work in the collection?</a></li> <li><a href="#onview">How do I find out if a work is currently on view?</a></li> <li><a href="#offview">May I see a work that&rsquo;s not on view?</a></li> <li><a href="#film">May I view a film in the collection?</a></li> <li><a href="/learn/resources/circulatingfilm#aboutcircfilm">How do I rent a film or video in the collection?</a> </li> <li><a href="#representation">How many women (or people of color or particular nationality) have been exhibited at the Museum? How man have works in the collection?</a> </li> <li><a href="#firstwoman">Who was the first woman to have a show at MoMA?</a> </li> <li><a href="#firstpc">Who was the first person of color to have a show at MoMA?</a> </li> <li><a href="#op">How do I purchase an out-of-print MoMA publication?</a> </li> <li><a href="#reproget">How do I obtain a reproduction of a work in the collection?</a></li> <li><a href="/explore/collection/licensing">May I reproduce a work in the collection?</a> </li> <li><a href="#repub">May I reproduce text or images from a MoMA publication?</a> </li> </ul> <p><strong>How do I find out about MoMA?</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="#annualreports">Annual reports</a> </li> <li><a href="#ceice">Circulating and International Circulating Exhibitions</a></li> <li><a href="#collecting">Collection policy</a></li> <li><a href="#exdesign">Exhibition design</a></li> <li><a href="#exreviews">Exhibition reviews</a></li> <li><a href="#programnotes">Film program notes</a> </li> <li><a href="/about/history">History</a></li> <li><a href="#installationphotos">Installation photographs</a></li> <li><a href="/about/">Mission</a></li> <li><a href="#architecture">Museum buildings</a></li> <li><a href="#exhistory">Past exhibitions</a></li> <li><a href="#memberpubs">Past issues of MoMA bulletins and magazines</a> </li> <li><a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/press_archives">Press releases</a> </li> <li><a href="#garden">The Sculpture Garden</a></li> </ul> <p>For questions about MoMA research that are not included here, please email <a href="mailto:library@moma.org">library@moma.org</a>, call (212) 708-9433, or fax (212) 333-1122.</p> <hr /> <h2><a href="" name="momacoll"></a> Q. Is the whole collection on MoMA.org? How do I find out if a work is in the collection?</h2><p> A. The <a href="/explore/collection/index">online collection</a> is selective. To check if a work (except films and videos) is in the collection, contact the <a href="mailto:library@moma.org">library</a>. For films and videos, contact the <a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/study-centers/index#filmstudy">Film Study Center</a>.</p> <h2><a href="" name="collsize"></a> Q. How many works are in MoMA&rsquo;s collection?</h2><p> A. Over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects, as well as approximately 22,000 films and 4 million film stills.</p> <h2><a href="" name="momawork"></a> Q. How do I learn about a work in the collection?</h2><p> A. Contact the relevant <a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/study-centers/index">study center</a> and the library. Each study center maintains basic information on works in the department’s collection. The library maintains relevant published material such as these <a href="https://www.zotero.org/groups/moma_collection/items">print sources</a> on subsets of the collection.</p> <p><a href="#top" class="small-type">TOP</a> </p> <h2><a href="" name="onview"></a> Q. How do I find out if a work is currently on view?</h2><p> A. Ask <a href="/about/info">here</a> or contact the library.</p> <h2><a href="" name="offview"></a> Q. May I see a work that&rsquo;s not on view?</h2><p> A. Please contact the relevant <a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/study-centers/index">study center</a>.</p> <h2><a href="" name="film"></a> Q. May I view a film in the collection?</h2><p> A. Please contact the <a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/study-centers/index#filmstudy">Film Study Center</a>. <h2><a href="" name="representation"></a> Q. How many women (or people of color or particular nationality) have been exhibitied at MoMA? How many have works in the collection?</h2><p> A. MoMA has not compiled this information. A good place to start is the <a href="/learn/resources/archives/archives_exhibition_history_list">Exhibition History List</a>. Sources with limited information include the 1967 catalog <a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b290683~S8"><em>Painting and Sculpture in the Museum of Modern Art</em></a>, which indexes artists by nationality (as determined at the time); <a href="/explore/publications/modern_women/"><em>Modern Women</em></a>, which addresses over 300 women in the collection, along with critical essays on the issue; and this list of <a href="/explore/publications/modern_women/artists/">women artists</a> in the online collection highlights. For a 1971 report regarding “ethnic” art see <a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b569170~S8"><em>Committee to Study Afro-American, Hispanic and other Ethnic Art</em></a>. <h2><a href="" name="firstwoman"></a> Q. Who was the first woman to have a show at MoMA?</h2><p> A. The first woman to have a solo show at MoMA was Therese Bonney in <em>War Comes to the People: History Written with the Lens by Therese Bonney</em> (1940). Other early shows include: <ul> <li><em>Josephine Joy: Romantic Painter</em> (1942)</li> <li><em>Faves and Places in Brazil: Photographs by Genevieve Naylor</em> (1943)</li> <li><em>Helen Levitt: Photographs of Children</em> (1943)</li> <li><em>Georgia O’Keeffe (1946)</em></li> <p><a href="#top" class="small-type">TOP</a> </p> <h2><a href="" name="firstpc"></a> Q. Who was the first person of color to have a show at MoMA?</h2><p> A. Implicit in this question are notions of &ldquo;color,&rdquo; &ldquo;race,&rdquo; and nationality. How does the researcher define these? What is meant by &ldquo;person of color,&rdquo; or &ldquo;minority?&rdquo;</p> <p>If defined as a person of African ancestry, the first solo show of a living African American artist was <i>Sculpture by William Edmondson</i> in 1937. Another early show was <i>Paintings by Jacob Lawrence</i> (1944).</p> <p>Some other exhibitions that may be pertinent to this question are listed below (these are from the Museum&rsquo;s first fifteen years). Basic documentation of these shows is available at the library. For a full chronology of MoMA exhibitions, see this <a href="/learn/resources/archives/archives_exhibition_history_list">list</a>. To learn about in-depth research, see <a href="#exhistory">How do I learn about past MoMA exhibitions?</a>. <p>For one artist's examination of nationalities and nationalism in MoMA's early history, see Fred Wilson's web project <a href="/projects/1999/wilson/">Road to Victory</a>.</p> <ul> <li><i>46 Painters and Sculptors Under 35 Years of Age</i>, 1930 (included Native-American artists and artists from Mexico)</li> <li><i>Diego Rivera</i>, 1931&ndash;1932</li> <li><i>Persian Fresco Painting</i>, 1932</li> <li><i>American Sources of Modern Art (Aztec, Mayan, Incan)</i>, 1933</li> <li><i>African Negro Art</i>, 1935</li> <li><i>The Work of Sharaku</i>, 1940</li> <li><i>Twenty Centuries of Mexican Art</i> and <i>Mexican Children&rsquo;s Art</i>, 1940</li> <li><i>Portinari of Brazil</i>, 1940</li> <li><i>Indian Art of the United States</i>, 1941</li> <li><i>New Acquisitions: Latin American Art</i>, 1942</li> <li><i>Mexican Costumes by Carlos Merida</i>, 1942</li> <li><i>The Americas Cooperate</i>, 1942</li> <li><i>Art from Fighting China</i>, 1942</li> <li><i>Brazil Builds</i>, 1943</li> <li><i>Latin American Collection of The Museum of Modern Art</i>, 1943</li> <li><i>Bali, Background for War</i>, 1943</li> <li><i>Young Negro Art</i>, 1943</li> <li><i>Modern Cuban Painters</i>, 1944</li> <li><i>Chinese Children&rsquo;s War Pictures</i>, 1944</li> </ul> </p> <p><a href="#top" class="small-type">TOP</a> </p> <h2><a href="" name="op"></a> Q. How do I purchase an out-of-print MoMA publication?</h2><p> A. Try used book websites such as <a href="http://www.abebooks.com/" target="blank">AbeBooks.com</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/" target="blank">Amazon.com</a>. To find out if a MoMA publication is in print, see this <a href="https://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/CategoryDisplay_10451_10001_26683_11486_-1_Y_MoMA%20Publications__1000_SORT_ALPHASORT" target="blank">list</a>.</p> <h2><a href="" name="reproget"></a> Q. How do I obtain a reproduction of a work in the Museum's collection?</h2><p> A. In addition to images in the online collection, representative images from two MoMA collections (Painting and Sculpture, Architecture and Design) are included in the <a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b466155~S16">ARTstor</a> database, available at the library and other research libraries.</p> <p>For information on publishing a reproduction of a MoMA work, see <a href="/explore/collection/licensing">May I reproduce a work in the collection?</a> and <a href="/learn/resources/library/faq_art_research#fairuse">What does “fair use” mean?</a></p> <h2><a href="" name="repub"></a> Q. May I reproduce text or photographs from a Museum publication?</h2><p> A. Please contact the Museum&rsquo;s <a href="mailto:text_permissions@moma.org">Publications Department</a>.</p> <h2><a href="" name="annualreports"></a> Q. How do I find MoMA annual reports?</h2><p> A. A full set of MoMA <a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b542083~S8">annual reports</a> is available at the QNS Library. Reports from 1969&ndash;1998 are available in the Manhattan library reading room. No annual reports were published prior to 1936, or for 1943, 1946, 1949&ndash;1954 and 1956&ndash;1960. Full annual reports ceased in 1997&ndash;1998. Some annual reports were published in the MoMA <em>Bulletin</em>, found in print or in the <a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b908054~S8">Jstor</a> database available at the library and other research libraries. For 1998&ndash;1999 and beyond, see the <a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b558684~S8"><em>Consolidated Financial Statements</em></a>. For 2007 on, see these <a href="/about/">recent financial statements</a>. <h2><a href="" name="ceice"></a> Q. How do I find out about MoMA's Circulating and International Circulating Exhibitions?</h2><p> A. Comprehensive records of the <a href="/learn/resources/archives/EAD/CEf.html">Circulating Exhibition Program</a> and <a href="/learn/resources/archives/EAD/ICEf.html">International Circulating Exhibitions Program</a> are maintained by the <a href="/learn/resources/archives/index">Museum Archives</a>.</p> <p>Catalogs, pamphlets, and ephemera from some of these exhibitions are available at the library. To learn how to find them in DADABSE, the library ctalog, see <a href="#exhistory">How do I find information about past MoMA exhibitions?</a></p> <p>For a general history of the International Program, see: <a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b191674~S8"><i>The Museum of Modern Art at Mid-Century: At Home and Abroad</i></a> (1994) and <a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b570099~S8"><em>The International Council of the Museum of Modern Art: the First Forty Years</em></a> (1993).</p> <p><a href="#top" class="small-type">TOP</a> </p> <h2><a href="" name="collecting"></a> Q. What is the Museum&rsquo;s collection policy?</h2><p> A. For a general idea of departmental scope, see the <a href="http://press.moma.org/index.php?/press/collection">summary</a> of each collection.</p> <p>For an historical overview of each collection (except Media and Performance Art), see the chapter introductions in Sam Hunter&rsquo;s <em><a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b257133~S8">The Museum of Modern Art, New York: The History and the Collection</a></em> (1997).</p> <p>For an in-depth account of the development of the Painting and Sculpture collection, see Kirk Varnedoe&rsquo;s “The Evolving Torpedo: Changing Ideas of the Collection of Painting and Sculpture of the Museum of Modern Art” in <a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b136856~S8"><em>The Museum of Modern Art at Mid-Century: Continuity and Change</em></a> (1995). <h2><a href="" name="exdesign"></a> Q. How do I learn about MoMA exhibition design?</h2><p> A. Please see these published <a href="https://www.zotero.org/groups/moma_installations/items">sources</a>.</p> <h2><a href="" name="exreviews"></a> Q. How do I find reviews of MoMA exhibitions?</h2><p> A. For some MoMA exhibitions, the library has a number of <a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/search~S8/X?publicity+report+museum+modern&searchscope=8&SORT=AXZ">publicity reports</a> compiled by the Communications Department between 1973 and the present.</p> <p>Reviews can also be found using periodical <a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/search/j?SEARCH=Article%20Citations&Submit2=Search">databases</a>. Occasionally reviews are included in the library’s <a href="faq_library_collection#apf">Archives Pamphlet Files</a>.</p> <p>The <a href="/learn/resources/archives/index">Museum Archives</a> holds comprehensive collections of clippings, most notably the <a href="http://moma.org/learn/resources/archives/EAD/PublicInformationf">Public Information Scrapbooks</a> (1929&ndash;1970s).</p> <h2><a href="" name="programnotes"></a> Q. How do I find film program notes?</h2><p> A. For notes from November 2009 on, see <a href="http://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/">Inside/Out</a>, the MoMA PS1 blog. For notes prior to November 2009, please contact the Museum's <a href="/research-and-learning/research-resources/study-centers/index#filmstudy">Film Study Center</a>.</p> <h2><a href="" name="installationphotos"></a> Q. How do I find installation photographs?</h2><p> A. Most installation photographs are available through the <a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b466155~S16">ARTstor</a> database, available at the library and other research libraries. Additional images are accessible through the MAID database, available at the library. Please note: images of permanent collection installations are incomplete. Ask staff for assistance.</p> <p><a href="#top" class="small-type">TOP</a> </p> <h2><a href="" name="architecture"></a> Q. How do I learn about the Museum&rsquo;s buildings?</h2><p> A. Please see <a href="/about/architecture">Architectural Chronology</a>, as well as this <a href="https://www.zotero.org/groups/moma_buildings/items">selective bibliography</a>. For security reasons, detailed plans are not available.</p> <h2><a href="" name="exhistory"></a> Q. How do I learn about past Museum exhibitions?</h2><p> A. First, consult exhibition catalogs (available in the library reading room) and related secondary sources such as press releases and independent reviews. Primary source materials are maintained by the Museum Archives.</p> <p>To find a MoMA exhibition catalog or checklist, search DADABASE by title. Example: <a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/search~S8/?searchtype=t&searcharg=pleasures+and+terrors+of+domestic+comfort&searchscope=8"><em>pleasures and terrors of domestic comfort</em></a>.</p> <p>For an exhibition with a common title, search by keyword for the title and <i>museum modern art new york</i>, or for the title and exhibition year. Results may not be exact. Example: <a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/search~S8/?searchtype=X&searcharg=claes+oldenburg+museum+modern+art+new+york&searchscope=8"><em>claes oldenburg museum modern art new york</em></a>.</p> <p>For a more precise search, check the exhibition history list for the exhibition number. Then search DADABASE by MoMA Call Number for <i>moma [number]</i> (omit letters).</p> <p><blockquote><strong>Example:</strong><br /> From exhibition history list: 902a. Claes Oldenburg [MoMA Exh. #902a, September 23-November 23, 1969]<br /> Dadabase search: <a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/search~S8/?searchtype=c&searcharg=moma+902&searchscope=8"><em>moma 902</em></a> </blockquote></p> <p>Results may include checklists and other supplementary material such as brochures, publicity reports, press kits, and <a href="/learn/resources/library/faq_library_collection#apf">Archives Pamphlet Files</a>.</p> <p>If there is no exhibition catalog, the library may have checklists and other supplementary material.</p> <p>To find out whether a specific work was in a MoMA exhibition, contact the library for referral to the relevant department.</p> <h2><a href="" name="memberpubs"></a> Q. How do I find past issues of MoMA bulletins and magazines?</h2><p> A. For 1933&ndash;2002 see the <a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b908054~S8">Jstor</a> database, available at the library and other research libraries. For 2002&ndash;2004 see the <a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b562363~S8">MoMA Members Pocket Guide</a>, available in the library reading room. <h2><a href="" name="garden"></a> Q. How do I learn about the Sculpture Garden?</h2><p> A. Start with this <a href="http://press.moma.org/images/press/expansion/Sculpture_garden.pdf">press release</a> and these <a href="https://www.zotero.org/groups/moma_gardens/items">sources</a>. For security reasons, detailed plans are not available.</p> <p class="small-type">Updated December 2011</p> <p><a href="#top" class="small-type">TOP</a> </p> </div> </div> <div class="column-c"> <div class="JS_Widget"> <a href="/widgets/collection/all_collection_works" rel=""></a> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> </div>