Join #poprally this saturday, july 21 for an evening of artist activations, open bar, and a musical performance by yatta and friends sending off #gundstudiovisit. see the exhibition before it closes, and explore the rituals and labor of art making view with contemporary artists like choreographer jonathan gonzález. his performance of “black moma” in #momagarden will build upon richard serra’s “promenade notebook drawing for obama” (2008) to unearth the artist’s hand.
“alice neel painted this portrait of benny and mary ellen andrews when she was 72 years old and at the peak of her career. after laboring for many years in near obscurity, the women’s movement helped to vault her to unexpected celebrity. she often painted her fellow artists and friends, as is the case in this painting. the couple's casual poses reflect neel's desire to reveal her subjects' everyday character. ” –@ann.temkin
we’re exploring 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. don’t miss out! the exhibition closes this sunday.
[artwork details: alice neel. “benny and mary ellen andrews.” 1972. oil on canvas. gift of agnes gund, blanchette h****r rockefeller fund, arnold a. saltzman fund, and larry aldrich foundation fund (by exchange).]
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.
“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
“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