“the way we dress tells us so much about our identities and selves, as well as larger histories or stories of place and community.”— @paolantonelli, senior curator of architecture and design, on #itemsmoma … explore @instagram’s weekend hashtag project, #whpmystyle, to see what fashion items were selected to represent personal style around the globe. … featured: @karina_rughoeft, @yoshiboworks, and @meghanaredddyy
Chris ofili’s “embah” (2017)—a newly acquired #momacollection work—is now on view in the heyman lobby. ofili created the painting as a tribute to his friend and beloved trinidadian artist emheyo bahabba (known as embah, or grandpa)—a self-taught poet, painter, sculptor, and musician who served as an important role model to younger artists in trinidad before his death in 2015. this painting was given to the museum in honor of pioneering curator kynaston mcshine, who passed away last week. mcshine, who hailed from trinidad, served for many years as a visionary champion of contemporary art at moma. learn more about kynaston’s remarkable legacy at mo.ma/kynastonmcshine ... image: chris ofili. "embah." 2017. oil and charcoal on canvas. gift of mimi haas, and lisa and steven tananbaum, in honor of kynaston mcshine. © 2018 chris ofili
We love these mashups of abstract artists’s painting styles created by students in our free online course, “in the studio: postwar abstract painting.” there’s still time to join in and show us what you can do—whether you’re a beginner or a lifelong artist. enrollment is now open on @coursera at mo.ma/inthestudio. …  philippa granwal @granwal (sydney, australia). “yayoi & agnes: nets & grids.” acrylic on deep-edge canvas.  mark b. tursi @markbriantursi (jersey city, new jersey, usa). “the inadvertent sublime.” acrylic paint on canvas.  barbara swart (hermanus, south africa). “agnes martin and yayoi kusama encounter a gravitational wave.” charcoal, acrylic and pencil on canvas.  inzynierowa (warsaw, poland). “agnes boogie woogie.” acrylic on canvas.
What would you create if you were given free rein with the moma logo? come see “bootlegs” by four artists and designers this saturday at “#poprally x #itemsmoma: bootlegged” and you may walk away with one of their limited edition creations. stay for a set by the legendary dj duo @stretchandbobbito, art-making, drinks, and dancing! tickets at mo.ma/bootleg (link in bio) ... jacket by mackenzie younger (@mackenzieyounger ). fabricated by kunstmode. graphic composed by scott brower.
“clothing is about what we can afford and what we aspire to; it is about what the weather is like in a certain place; clothing can be armor, disguise, representation of true selfhood. and fashion is the creative design discipline that enables this chameleonic and cultural exchange.”— @paolantonelli, senior curator of architecture and design, on #itemsmoma … explore @instagram’s weekend hashtag project, #whpmystyle, to see what fashion items were selected to represent personal style around the globe. ... featured: @muhammad.hanif, @debolinapiyasarmah & @kristysaikia by @nishantbaruah, and @kennaa89 by @lolanoirart
“to make ‘america’s family prison,’ regina josé galindo moved her family into the same kind of mobile detention unit that private contractors use to house imprisoned migrants along the us-mexico border. galindo and her family spent 36 hours in the space. this record of their voluntary imprisonment draws attention to america’s growing private prison industry and its perverse accommodation of the nuclear family unit.”—giampaolo bianconi, curatorial assistant, department of media and performance art … visit mo.ma/cisneros to explore more latin american modern and contemporary works added to #momacollection thanks to the generosity of the colección patricia phelps de cisneros (@cppcisneros ). #momacisneros #cisneroscontemporary #coleccioncisneros … image: regina josé galindo (guatemalan, born 1974). “america's family prison.” 2008. video (color, sound). gift of patricia phelps de cisneros through the latin american and caribbean fund in honor of agnes gund and the art for justice fund.
Behold a time capsule from the late 1970s. this week in #club57nyc, the gallery screen spotlights super8 footage of our beloved new york city. take in john ahearn’s record of an urban symphony unfolding on the city streets and the graffiti-covered subways, then follow andre degas’s record of musician jeorgia anderson as a punkette grimly making her way to moma's sculpture garden. the program concludes with ricardo nicolayevsky's lyrical portraits of friends and peers. learn more at mo.ma/club57
“this ‘graphic object,’ an inscribed sheet of japanese paper sandwiched in transparent acrylic, comes from an intense moment of experimentation in the mid-1960s, when schendel was exploring experimental writing, minimal abstract gestures, elliptical configurations, and repetition of letters and lines over translucent thin sheets of paper like this one. hanging from the ceiling, the work forces us to navigate it, to move around and interact with it, rather than just letting us be passive viewers.”—sarah suzuki, curator, department of drawings and prints … visit mo.ma/cisneros to explore more latin american modern and contemporary works added to #momacollection thanks to the generosity of the colección patricia phelps de cisneros (@cppcisneros ). #momacisneros #coleccioncisneros … image: mira schendel (brazilian, born switzerland. 1919–1988). “untitled from the series graphic objects (objetos gráficos).” 1967. graphite, transfer type, and oil on paper between transparent acrylic sheets with transfer type. promised gift of patricia phelps de cisneros through the latin american and caribbean fund in honor of luis pérez-oramas. © 2018 estate of mira schendel
Explore newly preserved films all this month at #tosaveandproject. this year’s lineup features a diverse selection of titles from around the globe—from classical hollywood cinema (“transatlantic,” 1931.) to classics of african cinema (“soleil ô (oh, sun!),” 1970.), and women artists (“outrage,” 1950.)—in formats ranging from 16mm to cinerama. ... learn more at mo.ma/saveandproject ... images:  “transatlantic.” 1931. usa. directed by william k. howard  “outrage.” 1950. usa. directed by ida lupino. courtesy of paramount pictures and warner bros  “soleil ô (oh, sun!).” 1970. mauritania/france. written and directed by med hondo. courtesy of the film foundation
Stephen shore got his first camera at the age of nine and sold three prints to moma at fourteen. three years later, in the spring of 1965, he dropped out of high school to begin photographing at andy warhol’s studio, the factory. spending time with warhol proved to be fundamental training for the young photographer, introducing him to different methods of working and new ways of looking at the world. ... explore the six-decade career of one of the most significant photographers of our time in #stephenshore, now on view. mo.ma/stephenshore … images by @stephen.shore.  “andy warhol and ingrid superstar, the factory, new york, new york.” 1965-7. gelatin silver print. courtesy the artist and 303 gallery, new york  “billy name and chuck wein, the factory, new york, new york.” 1965-7. gelatin silver print. courtesy the artist and 303 gallery, new york  “ivy nicholson and andy warhol, the factory, new york, new york.” 1965-7. gelatin silver print. courtesy the artist and 303 gallery, new york
Lobby manager garrett smith comes up to the galleries to share umberto boccioni’s obsession with motion and speed, taking form in the sculpture “unique forms of continuity in space” (1913, cast 1931). ... #artspeaks, a day of community and conversation in the galleries, returns tuesday, january 30.
What if shifted our view of border zones to see them as sites of artistic and political activity? this saturday, join us for a half-day workshop where we’ll investigate the us-mexico border, highlighting zones of urban conflict as important laboratories for rethinking citizenship in more inclusive ways. ... led by teddy cruz, architect and professor of public culture and urbanism, visual arts department, university of california, san diego; and fonna forman, founding director, ucsd center on global justice. tickets available at mo.ma/unwalling … teddy cruz. “radicalizing the local: 60 miles of trans-border urban conflict, project.” 2008. print from digital file. dimensions variable. gift of the parc foundation.
“gego called this metal and wood sculpture a ‘drawing without paper’ because she constructed its weblike wire lines like a drawing in space. it hangs from the ceiling and casts a shadow on the wall behind it, making the room itself part of the work.”—starr figura, curator, department of drawings and prints … visit mo.ma/cisneros to explore more latin american modern and contemporary works added to #momacollection thanks to the genorosity of the colección patricia phelps de cisneros (@cppcisneros ). #momacisneros #coleccioncisneros … image: gego (gertrud goldschmidt, venezuelan, born germany. 1912–1994). 1912–1994. “drawing without paper 84/25 and 84/26.” 1984 and 1987. enamel on wood and stainless steel wire. gift of patricia phelps de cisneros in honor of susan and glenn lowry. © 2018 fundación gego
Since the 1970s, #joanjonas has explored the possibilities of combining video and performance, and the spaces they inhabit. as if turning the medium of video inside out, jonas expanded her artistic explorations in the 1990s, creating room-filling installations that combined video, drawing, sculpture, and audio components. the creation of “reanimation” began in 2010 as a performance in collaboration with composer and jazz musician jason moran. it now exists as both a performance and an installation. ... #thelongrunmoma showcases daring invention sustained by artists long into their careers. learn more at mo.ma/thelongrun. … images: joan jonas. “reanimation.” 2010/2012/2013. multimedia installation. acquired in part through the modern women's fund. © 2018 joan jonas.
“true peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice.”—dr. martin luther king jr.’s response to an accusation that the montgomery bus boycott—documented here by dan weiner—was “disturbing the peace.” ... today we honor dr. martin luther king, jr., and his inspirational legacy with this photograph drawn from #momacollection. #mlkday … image: dan weiner. “martin luther king.” 1956. gelatin silver print. horace w. goldsmith fund through robert b. menschel. © 2018 estate of dan weiner, courtesy of sandra weiner.
You’ve shown us your tracksuits, tattoos, hijabs, platform shoes, shirt dresses, and biker jackets. for our final #itemsmoma challenge, we want to see the items that best showcase your personal style for @instagram ’s weekend hashtag project! ... use #whpmystyle and focus on specific items in your closet you’d like to highlight. “pick something you love, that you truly adore and feel happy in,” says #itemsmoma senior curator paola antonelli (@paolantonelli ). “find out more about its story before you take your picture. where did it come from? who might have made it? how much did it cost you? how do you take care of it? and then strike a pose.” ... the @instagram and @themuseumofmodernart accounts will be sharing some of their favorite submissions next week! … project rules: please add the #whpmystyle hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. if you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
“the seven lines comprising alfredo jaar’s ‘he ram’ are taken from mahatma gandhi’s grave, and represent gandhi’s list of ‘seven social sins.’ the artist recently wrote to me reflecting, ‘they were the perfect representation of the moral decay of our society. they were simple, direct, clear, brilliant. needless to say, they apply today more than ever.’ jaar has used mirrors in his work since the 1980s, and, by silkscreening these words onto the surface of a mirror, pays homage to gandhi in a deceptively simple gesture—we are implicated as we view ourselves reading, and as we observe others viewing themselves and us.”—lilian tone, assistant curator, department of painting and sculpture … visit mo.ma/cisneros to explore more latin american modern and contemporary works added to #momacollection thanks to the generosity of the colección patricia phelps de cisneros (@cppcisneros ). #momacisneros #cisneroscontemporary #coleccioncisneros … image: alfredo jaar (chilean, born 1956). “he ram.” 1991. screenprint ink on mirror. promised gift of patricia phelps de cisneros through the latin american and caribbean fund in honor of guillermo a. cisneros phelps. © 2018 alfredo jaar
Today we’re proud to celebrate haitian artist hector hyppolite’s “the congo queen” (1946), now on view in our #momacollection galleries! ... now considered the grand master of haitian art, hyppolite was a shoemaker by trade, and became known for painting postcards to sell to american marines during the u.s. military occupation of haiti (1915–34). he devoted himself fully to painting at the age of 52 until his death three years later. “the congo queen” displays hyppolite’s skill in fusing haitian vodou imagery—he was trained as houngan (vodou priest)—with roman catholic iconography. … image: hector hyppolite. “the congo queen.” 1946. enamel, oil, and pencil on cardboard. gift of mr. and mrs. walter bareiss.
We’re celebrating the creativity of our global community of online learners with the exhibition, “in the studio: art by moma’s online learning community,” on display in our cullman education and research building through january 22. the next session of our free online course, in the studio: postwar abstract painting, starts january 15 on @coursera. join in at mo.ma/inthestudio … featured artwork:  ralitsa karakonova - kara @ralitsakarakonova (sofia, bulgaria). “barnett newman inspired painting of ‘zips’.” computer-generated artwork.  ayari gonzález torres @ayari.corazon (cdmx méxico). “lana.” wool and oil paint on canvas.  cathy sheafor @csheaforart. “zipped.” acrylic paint and newspaper on primed linen.  emelly chu @emellychu (beijing, china). “the second day.” acrylic on masking tape on the wall.  mark strozier (macon, georgia, usa). flood canvas. local river silt and alkyd oil paint on canvas.
“miguel rio branco is both a photographer and a filmmaker, and i love the way the 20 images that comprise this iconic piece are like storyboards, representing the intersection of his work in photography and film. each frame captures two boys engaged in capoeira, a highly stylized form of fighting that draws as much from ballet as karate. they are performing for the camera, and are simultaneously determined to ignore it.”—sarah meister, curator, department of photography … visit mo.ma/cisneros to explore more latin american modern and contemporary works added to #momacollection thanks to the genorosity of the colección patricia phelps de cisneros (@cppcisneros ). #momacisneros #cisneroscontemporary #coleccioncisneros … image: miguel rio branco (brazilian, born 1946). “blue tango.” 1984. twenty silver dye bleach prints. gift of patricia phelps de cisneros through the latin american and caribbean fund in honor of adriana cisneros de griffin. © 2018 miguel rio branco