“I think of...this beauty for the sake of something greater than just itself. Beauty with a purpose, the intention to actualize your dreams, your hopes.” –Rachel Donelan, guest specialist, connects the “optimistic glamour” of her grandmother to the utopian vision of Bodys Isek Kingelez. ... #ArtSpeaks is a day of community and conversation led by Museum staff. Watch Rachel’s full gallery talk on “Étoile Rouge Congolaise” (1990) on our Facebook page at mo.ma/fb.
As we prepare for major moments ahead in 2019, we can’t help but reflect on the creativity and conversations that made this past year great. From inspiring artists like Adrian Piper, Tarsila do Amaral, Tania Bruguera, and Carolee Schneemann who lit up our galleries, to programs like our At the Museum video series and A Piece of Work podcast that pushed #MoMACollection beyond our Museum walls—relive all the ways that art and people connected in 2018 in our Instagram Story and moma.org/yearinreview … [Images: Elizabeth Murray’s “Do the Dance” (2005) on view in “The Long Run” at MoMA. Photo: Christiana Rifaat; “Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965–2016” at MoMA. Photo: Martin Seck; #ArtSpeaks in the “Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil” galleries. Photo: Beatriz Meseguer; Abbi Jacobson hosts “A Piece of Work.”]
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“You cannot be living oblivious of the political time you are in, and artists are the people who can actually say what other people have not yet formed… Dignity has no rest. Dignity doesn't rest.” –Tania Bruguera ... On December 3, 2018, Cuban police detained @taniabruguera and several other Cuban artists for protesting Decree 349. This new law would prohibit independent artists from operating in private and public spaces without the approval of the government. We stand in solidarity with Bruguera and the artists of Cuba supporting free expression and saying #NoAlDecreto349. ... MoMA Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art Stuart Comer and Director of Editorial and Content Strategy Leah Dickerman called the artist days after her release from police custody. Listen as Bruguera shares more about her arrest, how Decree 349 will affect the artistic community in Cuba, and the connection between her activism and her art: mo.ma/decree349 … [Artwork details: Installation view of the exhibition "Tania Bruguera: Untitled (Havana, 2000)." February 03, 2018 - March 11, 2018. The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: John Wronn]
“Nauman’s principal theme is the body—both his body and ours—as a vessel and a source of information, and he reveals it to be an unstable foundation for understanding our place in the world.” –Taylor Walsh, curatorial assistant, offers a crash course in the work of #BruceNauman and why his work remains urgent today. Read more: mo.ma/naumannow ... Our expansive retrospective “Disappearing Acts” is now on view at MoMA and @MoMAPS1. … [Installation view of the exhibition "Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts" at MoMA PS1. Photo: Martin Seck]
Tomorrow night, meet us at @momaps1 for a wintry Night at the Museum! Join artists and friends in ringing in the holidays with a live performance by Bonaventure (@bonaventure_mbote), after hours access to #BruceNauman: Disappearing Acts, and a one-of-a-kind ceramics sale with the artists of International Space Station, a collaborative project featuring work by more than 100 artists from Nicole Eisenman to the teenage artists of @widerainboworg. Finally, get cozy in the VW Dome with hot chocolate, churros, and mulled wine. The festivities begin at 8 p.m. Tickets available at mo.ma/natm ... Hosted by International Space Station artists including: Pam Lins, Trisha Baga, Halsey Rodman, Nicole Eisenman, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Maryam Hoseini, and many more. 100% of the profits of the ceramics sale will benefit organizations including Wide Rainbow (@widerainboworg), Gays Against Guns (@gaysagainstgunsny), Critical Resistance (@criticalresistance), Greenwich House Pottery (@greenwichhousepottery), and the Immigration Defense Project. ... International Space Station is organized by Pam Lins, Halsey Rodman, Trisha Baga, and Ceramics Club (CC), with Greenwich House Pottery. ... Illustration by @braulioamado
Take a closer look at the Monument to the Revolution on Mount Kozara through the eyes of our Instagram community. Thank you to everyone who shared their photos with us! Designed by Dušan Džamonja from 1970-72, the memorial commemorates an intense 1942 battle in which Axis troops laid siege to Partisan resistance units and local civilians. Visitors enter through slits in the tower’s concrete fins to a dark, cramped interior space where light penetrates through an opening at the top, accentuating the tense atmosphere. Learn more about how architecture is used as a tool for collective remembrance in our exhibition, “Toward a #ConcreteUtopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980.” … Featured 📷: @edinsart, @vitali_gio, @fast_moving_kid
We remember Charles “Chuck” Harrison (1931-2018) who passed away on November 29. A visionary industrial designer, Harrison joined Sears, Roebuck and Company in 1961 where he was the first African American executive in the company’s headquarters. Throughout his thirty-three year tenure at Sears, Harrison was responsible for designing staple every day items such as the first-of-its-kind plastic trash can and the reimagined plastic View-Master, a stereoscopic device that was sold as a toy along with thin cardboard disks, each of which containing seven 3-D pairs of small Kodachrome color photographs on film (termed“View-Master reels”). … In 2008 the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum honored Harrison with a Lifetime Achievement Award for improving “the quality of life of millions of Americans through the extraordinary breadth and innovation of his product designs.” A 1962 model of the View-Master has been part of #MoMAcollection since 2016. … [Credit: #CharlesHarrison. “View-master (model G).” 1962. Injection molded plastic. Anonymous gift.]
“I really wanted to treat him as though he were a living artist.” –Paulina Pobocha, associate curator, shares how the #BrancusiMoMA team stayed true to how sculptor Constantin Brancusi wanted his work to be seen. ... #ArtSpeaks is a day of community and conversation led by Museum staff. Watch Paulina’s full gallery talk on selected works from our exhibition “Constantin Brancusi Sculpture” on our Facebook page at mo.ma/fb.