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Who is #LincolnKirstein? Explore the remarkable life of this writer, critic, curator, impresario, and tastemaker, and rediscover often overlooked currents in art from the 1930s and ‘40s through his sweeping contributions to American cultural life: mo.ma/lincolnkirstein (link in bio). Now on view.
“I’m interested in how blackness is a technology, changing and adapting through the constant surveillance and oppression of black folks across the diaspora since the 1600s.” –#SondraPerry … With her workstations Perry turns exercise machines into interactive sculptures, merging physical exertion and virtual experience. You are invited to ride the bicycle, while the artist’s avatar—designed in Blender, an open-source 3-D–rendering program—speaks directly to you, questioning the value we place on productivity and our ideas of success, from video monitors. Working out on Perry’s rogue machines becomes a meditation on work itself. The artist specifically addresses the histories of labor in the African diaspora—and the violent engineering of bodies into expendable commodities, material resources to be extracted. Now on view: mo.ma/arttech #ArtTechMoMA … Explore more women artists and share your inspirations with #5womenartists. … [Credit: Sondra Perry. “Graft and Ash for a Three Monitor Workstation.” 2016. Video (color, sound; 9:05 min.) and bicycle workstation. Fund for the Twenty-First Century. © 2019 Sondra Perry]
“I make no distinction between painting and poetry.” –Joan Miró #WorldPoetryDay … Adopting similar creative techniques to those of his poet friends, Miró developed a vocabulary of visual signs that could be compared to words. In the drawing “The Family,” hieroglyphic forms symbolize a father, mother, and young child. These imaginative characters are carefully placed within a faintly visible grid, in which the mother’s plant-like body acts as an anchor. The small flames extending from her heart, Miró indicated, stand for maternal love. Now on view in our #JoanMiró exhibition. … [Credit: Joan Miró. “The Family.” 1924. Charcoal, chalk, and conté crayon on flocked paper. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jan Mitchell. © 2019 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris]
“Cathedra gargantua, genus americanus. Weight when fully matured, 60 pounds. Habitat, the American Home. Devours little children, pencils, small change, fountain pens, bracelets, clips, earrings, scissors, hairpins, and other small flora and fauna of the domestic jungle. Is far from extinct.” This label from MoMA’s 1941 "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" exhibition points to the overstuffed armchair as an example of the “horrible” design curators prepared to crusade against. ... In contrast, the high-back armchair (1940) designed by Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Marli Ehrman was among the winning designs of the Museum’s Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition that year. The chair was created to give the sitter maximum support, while avoiding heavy construction and cumbersome upholstery. ... Which chair supports your design values? Judge for yourself in #ValueofGoodDesign. Now on view: mo.ma/gooddesign … [Credits: Installation view of the exhibition, "Organic Design in Home Furnishings." September 24, 1941–November 9, 1941. Photographic Archive. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York. Photo: Samuel H. Gottscho; Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Marli Ehrman, “High-Back Armchair.” 1940. Molded wood shell, foam rubber, upholstery, and wood legs. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase Fund]
“It is through increased simplicity and elimination that the man of taste finds elegance.” –#NoemiRaymond … These prizewinning textiles were designed by French-born American artist and designer Noémi Raymond for MoMA’s Organic Design competition (though the name of her husband, Antonin Raymond, appeared in the credits instead). After spending much of her career in Tokyo she went on to curate an exhibition at MoMA in 1951 of Japanese household objects, presented as models of unpretentious and affordable design. … Now on view in #ValueofGoodDesign: mo.ma/gooddesign … Explore more creative women and share your inspirations with #5womenartists. … [Credit: Noémi Raymond. “Combination of Reeds.” c.1940. Printed cotton. Gift of the designer; Noémi Raymond. “Strips, Trunks, Trees, Dots.” late 1930s. Printed cotton. Gift of the designer. Photos: Jonathan Muzikar]
“Learning how long it takes to grow something adds value.” 🌱 … Happy #SpringEquinox! The turn of the season is a reminder of the power and fragility of renewable resources. Join Abram Bissell (@abrambissell), executive chef and director of the two-Michelin-starred restaurant The Modern (@themodernnyc), along with MoMA’s cafes, Terrace 5 and Café 2, in the kitchen to take a look at the future of renewable harvesting, The Modern’s version of foraging in the city, and get a few tips for the home cook: mo.ma/springatthemodern (link in bio) … [Photos by Rose Liu]
“...I recall hearing music coming down the stairs from the library above, where my grandfather would seclude himself to read and listen to music—his other two passions beside his art.” … Inspired by his childhood memories, Joan Punyet Miró, the grandson of artist #JoanMiró, took on the challenge of understanding his grandfather through his love of music—cataloging his grandfather’s vast collection of records and mapping sounds to colors and energies. Check out our Instagram Story for music and artwork pairings and hear more of the music of Miró: mo.ma/musicofmiro (link in bio) … [Credit: Joan Miró. “Woman (Opera Singer).” 1934. Pastel and pencil on flocked paper. Gift of William H. Weintraub. © 2019 Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris]
“Letters from the People,” made between 1979 and 1988, features images of letters, numbers, words, and sentences that #LeeFriedlander found on signs, posters, graffiti, and elsewhere. Each photograph is titled after the place where it was taken, mostly cities in the United States. Fragmentary by design, together the images capture suggest the sensorial experience of living in the city, where seeing is often characterized by glimpsing rather than prolonged looking. … #TheLongRunMoMA celebrates continual creativity with works made later in artists careers. Learn more: mo.ma/thelongrun (link in bio) … [Credit: Installation view of “The Long Run.” The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Lee Friedlander. “New York City.” 1979. Gelatin silver print. Horace W. Goldsmith Fund through Robert B. Menschel. © 2019 Lee Friedlander. Photo: John Wronn; Lee Friedlander. “New York City.” 1980. Gelatin silver print. The Family of Man Fund. © 2019 Lee Friedlander. Photo: Thomas Griesel]
Immerse yourself in the world of New York visionary #LincolnKirstein. “Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern” features a wide array of works—from photography by Walker Evans to set and costume designs for the ballet by Paul Cadmus to realist and magic realist paintings from North and South America. You'll see old favorites and make new discoveries from MoMA's collection through Kirstein’s expansive view of modern art. Now on view. … See it as a member—MoMA members enjoy exclusive access to the galleries after hours this Wednesday, March 20, 6:30–9:30 p.m. Learn more: mo.ma/afterhours (link in bio)
“A Miró Immersion, one of those experiences that can make you an art lover for life or, if that’s already the case, prompt you to renew your vows.” … Our #JoanMiró exhibition is a @nytimes Critic's Pick: mo.ma/nytmiro (link in bio) ... [Joan Miró. “Hirondelle Amour”. 1933–34. Oil on canvas. Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller. © 2018 Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris]
Our Marron Atrium was graced this afternoon with dancers from @nycballet performing excerpts from four landmark works created by George Balanchine, the legendary choreographer who cofounded New York City Ballet with #LincolnKirstein in 1948. ... Join us for more tomorrow and Monday (March 17 & 18) at 12 noon and 3 p.m. Free with Museum admission—seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more at mo.ma/nycb (link in bio). ... [Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works. The Museum of Modern Art, March 16, 3:00 p.m. Photos by Julieta Cervantes]