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Is the BIKER JACKET modern? The #ItemsMoMA team identified the biker jacket as one of 111 iconic fashion design items. There’s still time to share how you make the jacket’s streamlined sophistication and chaotic asymmetry your own! Share your style with #ItemsMoMA for a chance to be featured on the MoMA account next week.

CHALLENGE RULES: Post photos and videos you’ve taken with the hashtag #ItemsMoMA. Please do not share images of people you have not received permission to document. Any tagged photo or video posted over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.

Tag a friend gives you BIKER JACKET envy!
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Illustration by Narcisa Vukojevic as featured in exhibition catalogue for “Items: Is Fashion Modern?”


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​"It's like a high school reunion from Hell." – John Waters
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Artists and filmmakers reunite for the first time in 35 years for the opening of MoMA's new exhibition, #Club57nyc. A new episode of At the Museum is now playing on youtube.com/moma (direct link in bio)


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The BIKER JACKET, Item No. 13 on our exhibition checklist, is our final #ItemsMoMA Instagram Challenge of 2017. Since its modern incarnation debuted in 1913 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the biker jacket has come to symbolize youthful fun and rebellion. This weekend, share photos that capture how you or your friends incorporate its tough-but-flashy mystique into your style. Next week, we’ll share some favorites from the curatorial team on the MoMA account.

CHALLENGE RULES: Post photos and videos you’ve taken with the hashtag #ItemsMoMA. Please do not share images of people you have not received permission to document. Any tagged photo or video posted over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
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Installation view of “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 1, 2017-January 28, 2018.


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In honor of the recent passing of prolific designer Ivan Chermayeff, five #MoMACollection posters created by his graphic design firm for Pan Am World Airways are now on view on the second floor.

As a principle of the graphic design firm Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv, first established under a different name in 1957, Ivan Chermayeff played an outsize role in the development of the visual vocabulary of post-World War II America. Since its founding 60 years ago, Chermayeff and his team have created trademarks, advertisements, signs, and brand identities for some of the most well-known companies and organizations, including the logo for the Museum of Modern Art. Ivan was a MoMA trustee for over 20 years.

All works: Ivan Chermayeff. 1972. Offset lithograph. Gift of Pan American World Airways.
[1] “Pan Am Bali” [2] “Pan Am Portugal.”
[3] “Pan Am Japan.”
[4] "Pan Am U.S.A.”
[5] “Pan Am France.”


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“Technology has allowed us to represent a diversity of voices and perspectives about art and what it means to them. It has also offered opportunities to reach audiences in new ways, connecting people not only with art, but with their own creativity and with one another.”

In celebration of the 80th anniversary of MoMA’s Department of Education, Sara Bodinson, our director of Interpretation, Research, and Digital Learning, reflects on the Museum’s history of using emerging technology to build a community of global learners. mo.ma/2BeYVwk
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For more info visit mo.ma/learning80 #MoMALearning
Image Credits:
[1] A scene from Victor D’Amico’s Through the Enchanted Gate television series
[2] Abbi Jacobson recording for the A Piece of Work podcast


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Explore the work of an undisputed master of Transgressive cinema, Richard Kern with the Department of Film this Saturday. A hard-core social satirist, his work is by turns perverse, sadistic, theatrically bizarre, and darkly humorous, and includes some of the most provocative films and videos from the 1980s underground scene. Visit mo.ma/nowave to reserve tickets for Saturday’s screenings—introduced by Kern himself—featuring his collaborations with legendary downtown artists like Lydia Lunch, Leg Lung, Tommy Turner, Nick Zedd, David Wojnarowicz, and Sonic Youth. #Club57nyc

Image Credits ⤵️


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Black and white Xerox posters were a major part of the 1970s counterculture aesthetic. Artist and graphic designer Marlene Weisman guest hosts a special #Club57nyc takeover of IN THE STUDIO. Learn how to create Xerox transfer collages, posters, and other works of art using the same pre-Photoshop technique @marleneweisman used in the 1970s and '80s. Now playing on youtube.com/moma (direct link in bio)


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The graphic t-shirt is Item No. 44 on the #ItemsMoMA exhibition checklist. Read the radical story behind the famous “The Future Is Female” t-shirt on the Items blog medium.com/Items #futureisfemale


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Is Leonardo da Vinci modern? You be the judge! A brush and ink drawing by the master Renaissance artist is now on view in our #MoMAArtistsChoice exhibition, marking the first time a work by Leonardo da Vinci has been on view at MoMA. Don’t miss its final weeks with us! The exhibition closes on January 3 and Leonardo's "The drapery of a kneeling figure" will then return to the British Royal Collection. Learn more at mo.ma/artistschoice

Image Credit: Leonardo da Vinci. “The drapery of a kneeling figure.” c. 1491–94. Brush and black ink with white heightening on pale blue prepared paper. The Royal Collection/HM Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: Royal Collection Trust/©️ Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017


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In 1972, Stephen Shore hit the road. Using a Rollei 35mm camera equipped with a flash mounted beneath it, he explored and captured snapshots of everyday life in the United States. Our display of his work from this time echoes the original 1972 exhibition at Light Gallery in New York, titled “American Surfaces.” Small Kodacolor prints were hung unframed, attached directly to the wall in a grid of three rows. Shore continued the series for over a year and half, expanding it to include more locations, while remaining true to his influences at the time—repetitive patterns, amateur photography, and a fascination with pop culture.
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Explore the five-decade career of one of the most significant photographers of our time in #StephenShore, now on view. mo.ma/stephenshore

Image Credits:
[1]Stephen Shore. “Holbrook, Arizona, June 1972.” 1972. Chromogenic color print, printed 2017. Courtesy the artist and 303 Gallery, New York.
[2] Stephen Shore. “Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 1972.” 1972. Chromogenic color print, printed 2017. Courtesy the artist and 303 Gallery, New York.
[3] Stephen Shore. “Normal, Illinois, July 1972.” 1972. Chromogenic color print, printed 2017. Courtesy the artist and 303 Gallery, New York.
[4] Installation view of “Stephen Shore.” The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 19, 2017–May 28, 2018. ©️ 2017 The Museum of Modern Art.


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“Complexity in simplicity.” Follow world-renowned trombonist and composer Craig Harris as he takes his first steps inside our current #MoMAArtistsChoice exhibition curated by artist David Hammons. Hammons presents a cosmic pairing. Two works—one by Leonardo da Vinci and one by Charles White—are on view alone in a gallery, save for a presentation of astrological readings of the two artists, who are both born in the first half of April.
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What do you see in this pairing?

Join PopRally for an exhibition-inspired evening of art and astrology on December 17: mo.ma/poprallyastro​
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#davidhammons #leonardodavinci #charleswhite


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For Rajendra Roy, chief curator in our Department of Film, Klaus Nomi’s cape—now on view in the #Club57nyc exhibition—represents not only the contributions legendary queer artists have made to the world, but also something more personal. At #ArtSpeaks, Raj embraces the eyeliner, and reveals his own bohemian beginnings in New York City, a decade after Club 57 closed its doors.
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#ArtSpeaks, a day of community and conversation in the galleries, returns Tuesday, January 30.


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