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Curator Michelle Kuo visits Robert Breer’s roving “Osaka I” (1970) in #MoMAGarden for #ArtSpeaks. One of Breer’s slow-moving sculptures—affectionately called ‘creepies’ by the artist—the work can move about 2.5 feet per hour, and up to a mile per day. If it bumps into something (like a curator!) it pivots slightly and moves away.
#ArtSpeaks, a day of community and conversation led by Museum staff, will return this fall. Full gallery talks are on our Facebook page at mo.ma/fb.
Artist @cindysherman’s Oops Phone Pool Float is sure to cause a stir at your next pool party! The metallic gold #MoMAExclusive features an enlarged selfie taken by Sherman that accidentally morphed with another photo in her device. Designed by Sherman for Third Drawer Down, your purchase at @momadesignstore benefits + POOL (@pluspoolny), a nonprofit building a river-water filtering floating swimming pool in New York.
“‘Children’ is a painting by William H. Johnson that was once owned by the great singer Paul Robeson. The three girls in the painting gave Johnson the opportunity to play with color and design in terms of their hats and their clothes. Although this looks like a simple composition it is important to realize that Johnson came to this style after years of academic training and painting conventionally realistic figures. I especially love the way the six almond shaped eyes make a straight line across the three girls’ faces.” –@ann.temkin
Explore works on view in #GundStudioVisit—our celebration of philanthropist and longtime Museum trustee #AgnesGund’s contributions to #MoMACollection— with chief curator Ann Temkin this week before the exhibition closes on Sunday.
[Artwork details: William H. Johnson. “Children.” 1941. Oil and pencil on wood panel. Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (by exchange), Agnes Gund, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, and the Hudgins Family]
Can a country build a new identity through architecture? Explore the extraordinary work on view in "Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980” and judge for yourself. Open this Sunday, July 15–January 13, 2019. mo.ma/concreteutopia #ConcreteUtopia
[Image: Berislav Šerbetić and Vojin Bakić. Monument to the Uprising of the People of Kordun and Banija. 1979–81. Petrova Gora, Croatia. Exterior view. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, 2016]
Many directors and actors have been associated with the kung fu genre, Hong Kong cinema’s most unique creation, but no one compares to Lau Kar-leung (1937–2013), aka Liu Chia-liang, as a purist of the genre and the kung fu form. Lose yourself in Lau’s intricately choreographed and performed fight scenes now through July 17. Tickets and showtimes at mo.ma/thegrandmaster (link in bio)
Check our Story for a deep dive into kung fu films with associate curator La Frances Hui, and watch the full episode of HOW TO SEE Martial Arts Films at mo.ma/kungfu
The spirit of the studio comes to the galleries next Saturday, July 21. Join #PopRally for an evening of artistic and musical performances exposing the rituals and labor of art making, inspired by works on view in #GundStudioVisit.
A musical performance and DJ set by Yatta will channel the child-like improvisational energy of Glenn Ligon’s “Graduating Girl (Version 2) #1,” while painter and sculptor Torkwase Dyson takes cues from Wolfgang Laib’s “Milkstone” to consider the gestural language of building and maintaining sculpture.
See the full artist lineup and purchase tickets at mo.ma/poprally (link in bio)
 Glenn Ligon. “Graduating Girl (Version 2) #1.” 2000. Silkscreen ink and oil crayon on canvas. Gift of Agnes Gund in honor of Dr. Akosua Barthwell Evans. 2018 Glenn Ligon
 Yatta Zoker 2018 Edwina Hay
 Wolfgang Laib. “Milkstone.” 1978. Carrara marble and milk. Gift of Agnes Gund. 2018 Wolfgang Laib
 Torkwase Dyson 2018 Torkwase Dyson
“Each of us must take part in globalization for it to revolutionize the entire world. Relations between countries and cultures must be handled with respect and consideration. We must listen to one another.” —Bodys Isek Kingelez
While he didn’t travel outside of Zaire until 1989, Kingelez was deeply attuned to international affairs. “Centrale Palestinienne” (1994) is constructed in the red, green, and white of the Palestinian flag—likely Kingelez’s way of acknowledging the first Oslo Accord, which had been signed a few months earlier and affirmed Palestine’s right to self-government. Explore one artist’s optimistic alternatives to city life in #KingelezCityDreams.
[Artwork details: Bodys Isek Kingelez. “Centrale Palestinienne.” 1994. Paper, paperboard, plastic, and other various materials. COLLECTION PROSPER - The Prosper Collection Courtesy Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels. Bodys Isek Kingelez]
“What I am searching for is neither the real nor the unreal, but the subconscious, the mystery of what is instinctive in the human race.” –Amedeo Modigliani
The Italian painter, draftsman, and sculptor known for his iconic, stylized portraits was born #otd in 1884. Explore Modigliani’s brief, tormented life and his restless energy to produce in the catalogue for MoMA’s 1951 retrospective at mo.ma/modigliani #MoMACollection
[Artwork details: #AmedeoModigliani. “Reclining Nude.” c. 1919. Oil on canvas. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund]
The sounds of Kinshasa and New York City come together in #MoMAGarden tomorrow for Summer Thursdays. @nkumukatalay & the “Life Long Project” Band join us to celebrate Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez’s #KingelezCityDreams and soak up the sun with live music, light fare, and groundbreaking art.
The fun begins at 5:30pm. Regular Museum admission applies. Seating is first-come, first-served.
: Nkumu Katalay. Photo: Rodez Lincifort
Take a closer look at the remarkable work that emerged when Yugoslavia set out to create a distinct architectural identity. Member previews for "Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980” begin today. Open to the public this Sunday, July 15! Learn more at mo.ma/concreteutopia #ConcreteUtopia
[Image details: Monument to the Fighters Fallen in the People’s Liberation Struggle, Ilirska Bistrica, Slovenia. 1965. Architect: Živa Baraga. Sculptor: Janez Lenassi. 2016. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art]
Explore the radical visions of Iranian-American theater artist Reza Abdoh, in a new film series presented in conjunction with @MoMAPS1’s current #RezaAbdoh exhibition. A self-described member of “a TV generation,” Abdoh voraciously incorporated references to music videos, variety shows, film, dance, classical texts, BDSM, and more into his work, with equal parts poetry and rigor. Discover the moving images that played an essential role in the artist’s large-scale, interdisciplinary productions beginning in the mid-1980s.
Tickets for July 14-23 screenings at mo.ma/2KNM4cP (link in bio)
What does Heaven on Earth look like? Curatorial Fellow Hanna Girma shares Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez’s vision for his country—and the world—for #ArtSpeaks. #KingelezCityDreams
... #ArtSpeaks, a day of community and conversation led by Museum staff, will return this fall. Full gallery talks are on our Facebook page at mo.ma/fb.