Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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From an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing, The Museum of Modern Art's collection has grown to include more than 135,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. MoMA also ... more

From an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing, The Museum of Modern Art's collection has grown to include more than 135,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. MoMA also owns some 14,000 films and four million film stills, as well as 140,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, all part of the Museum's library. Founded in 1929 in order to help people understand and enjoy the visual arts of our time, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City was the world's first museum dedicated to the education and enjoyment of modern art. MoMA's rich and varied collection constitutes one of the most comprehensive and panoramic views into modern art in the world. Aside from the Museum's permanent collection, the Museum also maintains an active schedule of exhibitions highlighting significant recent developments in the modern visual arts and new interpretations of major modern artists and art historical movements. In November of 2004, the Museum reopened after a three year building project headed by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi. This rebuilding effort represents MoMA’s most extensive redefinition since its f... more

From an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing, The Museum of Modern Art's collection has grown to include more than 135,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. MoMA also owns some 14,000 films and four million film stills, as well as 140,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, all part of the Museum's library. Founded in 1929 in order to help people understand and enjoy the visual arts of our time, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City was the world's first museum dedicated to the education and enjoyment of modern art. MoMA's rich and varied collection constitutes one of the most comprehensive and panoramic views into modern art in the world. Aside from the Museum's permanent collection, the Museum also maintains an active schedule of exhibitions highlighting significant recent developments in the modern visual arts and new interpretations of major modern artists and art historical movements.

In November of 2004, the Museum reopened after a three year building project headed by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi. This rebuilding effort represents MoMA’s most extensive redefinition since its founding seventy-five years ago. The Museum combines new spaces with MoMA’s original architecture to dramatically enhance its dynamic collection of modern and contemporary art. The new 630,000-square-foot Museum has nearly twice the capacity of the former facility. The six-story David and Peggy Rockefeller Gallery Building houses the main collection and temporary exhibition galleries. Taniguchi worked closely with curators to refine his concept into a design that would expertly accommodate the type and scale of works displayed. Spacious galleries for contemporary art are located on the second floor, with more intimately scaled galleries for the collection on the levels above. Expansive, sky-lit galleries for temporary exhibitions are located on the top floor. MoMA’s Film and Media program resumes in the two refurbished Titus Theaters, located below the lobby level. For the first time, admission to a New York museum would cost $20, and howls were heard from many. However, thanks to Bloomberg News, visitors can now utilize audioguides for free, and frankly the museum is well worth the high price of admission.

In the expanded Museum Lobby, Taniguchi takes inspiration from the unique vitality of the streets of midtown Manhattan. This bustling interior promenade connects Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth Streets and offers spectacular views of both The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden and a light-filled atrium that soars 110 feet above street level. The lobby also serves as the Museum’s “information center,” with multiple ticket counters; information about membership, exhibitions, and programs; and access to the Museum’s theaters, restaurant, stores, and garden.

Masterworks of modern sculpture, seasonal plantings, and reflecting pools once again welcome visitors to the beloved Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, which Taniguchi identified as “perhaps the most distinctive single element of the Museum today.” The architect preserved Philip Johnson’s original 1953 design and re-established the garden’s southern terrace to create an elegant outdoor patio for The Modern, the Museum’s new fine-dining restaurant.

Interior work continues on MoMA’s new, eight-story Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building. When complete, it will offer five times more space for educational and research activities, including an expanded Library and Archives, a reading room, a 125-seat auditorium, workshop space for teacher training programs, study centers, and a lobby with magnificent views of the Sculpture Garden.


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Plywood: Material, Process, Form

“Plywood,” explained Popular Science in 1948, “is a layercake of lumber and glue.” In the history of design, plywood is also an important modern material that has given 20th-century designers of everyday objects, furniture, and even architecture greater flexibility in shaping modern forms at an indu... [ + ]strial scale. This installation features examples, drawn from MoMA's collection, of modern designs that take advantage of the formal and aesthetic possibilities offered by plywood, from around 1930 through the 1950s. Archival photographs illuminate the process of design and manufacture in plywood. Iconic furniture by Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Arne Jacobsen appear alongside organic platters by Tapio Wirkkala (1951), Sori Yanagi’s Butterfly Stool (1956), an architectural model for a prefabricated house by Marcel Breuer (1943), and experimental designs for plywood in the aeronautics industry.

12/10/2018 10:30 AM
Mon, December 10
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$18 - Seniors
$14 - Students
Children (16 and under): Free
Special exhibitions, audio programs, films, and gallery talks are included in the price of admission.

Note that children must be accompanied by an adult and that this policy does not apply to children in groups.
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Architecture and Design Collection at MoMA

The world's first curatorial department devoted to architecture and design was established in 1932 at The Museum of Modern Art. From its inception, the collection has been built on the recognition that architecture and design are allied and interdependent arts, so that synthesis has been a founding ... [ + ]premise of the collection. Including 28,000 works ranging from large-scale design objects to works on paper and architectural models, the Museum’s diverse Architecture and Design collection surveys major figures and movements from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Starting with the reform ideology established by the Arts and Crafts movement, the collection covers major movements of the twentieth century and contemporary issues. The architecture collection documents buildings through models, drawings, and photographs, and includes the Mies van der Rohe Archive. The design collection comprises thousands of objects, ranging from appliances, furniture, and tableware to tools, textiles, sports cars—even a helicopter. The graphic design collection includes noteworthy examples of typography, posters, and other combinations of text and image.

12/10/2018 10:30 AM
Mon, December 10
10:30AM
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$25 - Adults
$18 - Seniors
$14 - Students
Children (16 and under): Free
Special exhibitions, audio programs, films, and gallery talks are included in the price of admission.

Note that children must be accompanied by an adult and that this policy does not apply to children in groups.
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Drawings Collection at MoMA

One of the most comprehensive collections of twentieth-century drawings anywhere, MoMA's holdings bring together more than 10,000 works on paper. These include a historical range of drawings in pencil, ink, and charcoal, as well as watercolors, gouaches, collages, and works in mixed mediums.

12/10/2018 10:30 AM
Mon, December 10
10:30AM
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$25 - Adults
$18 - Seniors
$14 - Students
Children (16 and under): Free
Special exhibitions, audio programs, films, and gallery talks are included in the price of admission.

Note that children must be accompanied by an adult and that this policy does not apply to children in groups.
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Film Collection at MoMA

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Founded in 1935 as the Film Library, this department's collection now includes more than 22,000 films and four million film stills; the strongest international film collection in the United States, it incorporates all perio... [ + ]ds and genres. Among the holdings are original negatives of the Biograph and Edison companies, and the world's largest collection of D. W. Griffith films. The film collection is stored in the Museum's Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center, a state-of-the-art facility that opened in June 1996.

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Mon, December 10
10:30AM
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$25 - Adults
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Children (16 and under): Free
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Media and Performance Art Collection at MoMA

The Department of Media and Performance Art collects, exhibits, and preserves time-based art. The department's focus includes moving images, film installations, video, performance, motion- and sound-based works, and other works that represent time or duration and are made for and presented in a gall... [ + ]ery setting. Media-specific preservation needs, like securing equipment, updating exhibition-mode technology, and developing ways to re-create duration-based presentations, are part of the department's mission. The Museum began to pioneer the collection and exhibition of time-based art in the 1960s, and established the Department of Media in September 2006. Its holdings date from approximately 1960 to the present. The department and its study center are located on the third floor of The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, in the southern wing overlooking The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden.

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Mon, December 10
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Children (16 and under): Free
Special exhibitions, audio programs, films, and gallery talks are included in the price of admission.

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Painting and Sculpture Collection at MoMA

The world's largest and most inclusive collection of modern painting and sculpture comprises some 3,600 works dating from the late nineteenth century to the present. It provides a comprehensive selection of the major artists and movements since the 1890s, from Paul Cézanne's The Bather and Vincent v... [ + ]an Gogh's The Starry Night to masterworks of today.

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Children (16 and under): Free
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Photography Collection at MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) began collecting modern photography in 1930 and established the department in 1940. The Museum's holdings of more than 25,000 works constitute one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary photography in the world. As diverse as photography itself, ... [ + ]the collection includes work not only by artists, but also by journalists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and amateurs.

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Prints and Illustrated Books Collection at MoMA

Prints have been an integral part of MoMA since its inception in 1929, with eight prints being among the very first works to enter the collection. Today, the department's holdings have grown to include more than 53,000 works dating from the 1880s to the present, forming the most comprehensive collec... [ + ]tion of modern and contemporary prints and illustrated books in the world. While traditional techniques such as woodcut, etching, lithography, and screenprint form the core of the collection, newer digital processes, multiples, and artist's books are also collected in breadth and depth. The important role of printmaking in artists' creative process is reflected in the inclusion of numerous states and working proofs, comprising one of the unique strengths of the collection.

12/10/2018 10:30 AM
Mon, December 10
10:30AM
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$25 - Adults
$18 - Seniors
$14 - Students
Children (16 and under): Free
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Children (16 and under): Free
Special exhibitions, audio programs, films, and gallery talks are included in the price of admission.

Note that children must be accompanied by an adult and that this policy does not apply to children in groups.

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Plywood: Material, Process, Form

“Plywood,” explained Popular Science in 1948, “is a layercake of lumber and glue.” In the history of design, plywood is also an important modern material that has given 20th-century designers of everyday objects, furniture, and even architecture greater flexibility in shaping modern forms at an indu... [ + ]strial scale. This installation features examples, drawn from MoMA's collection, of modern designs that take advantage of the formal and aesthetic possibilities offered by plywood, from around 1930 through the 1950s. Archival photographs illuminate the process of design and manufacture in plywood. Iconic furniture by Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Arne Jacobsen appear alongside organic platters by Tapio Wirkkala (1951), Sori Yanagi’s Butterfly Stool (1956), an architectural model for a prefabricated house by Marcel Breuer (1943), and experimental designs for plywood in the aeronautics industry.

12/10/2018 10:30 AM
Mon, December 10
10:30AM
$
$25 - Adults
$18 - Seniors
$14 - Students
Children (16 and under): Free
Special exhibitions, audio programs, films, and gallery talks are included in the price of admission.

Note that children must be accompanied by an adult and that this policy does not apply to children in groups.
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Architecture and Design Collection at MoMA

The world's first curatorial department devoted to architecture and design was established in 1932 at The Museum of Modern Art. From its inception, the collection has been built on the recognition that architecture and design are allied and interdependent arts, so that synthesis has been a founding ... [ + ]premise of the collection. Including 28,000 works ranging from large-scale design objects to works on paper and architectural models, the Museum’s diverse Architecture and Design collection surveys major figures and movements from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Starting with the reform ideology established by the Arts and Crafts movement, the collection covers major movements of the twentieth century and contemporary issues. The architecture collection documents buildings through models, drawings, and photographs, and includes the Mies van der Rohe Archive. The design collection comprises thousands of objects, ranging from appliances, furniture, and tableware to tools, textiles, sports cars—even a helicopter. The graphic design collection includes noteworthy examples of typography, posters, and other combinations of text and image.

12/10/2018 10:30 AM
Mon, December 10
10:30AM
$
$25 - Adults
$18 - Seniors
$14 - Students
Children (16 and under): Free
Special exhibitions, audio programs, films, and gallery talks are included in the price of admission.

Note that children must be accompanied by an adult and that this policy does not apply to children in groups.
Get Tickets

Drawings Collection at MoMA

One of the most comprehensive collections of twentieth-century drawings anywhere, MoMA's holdings bring together more than 10,000 works on paper. These include a historical range of drawings in pencil, ink, and charcoal, as well as watercolors, gouaches, collages, and works in mixed mediums.

12/10/2018 10:30 AM
Mon, December 10
10:30AM
$
$25 - Adults
$18 - Seniors
$14 - Students
Children (16 and under): Free
Special exhibitions, audio programs, films, and gallery talks are included in the price of admission.

Note that children must be accompanied by an adult and that this policy does not apply to children in groups.
Get Tickets

Film Collection at MoMA

Please visit NYC.com's Movie section for MoMA film screening information.

Founded in 1935 as the Film Library, this department's collection now includes more than 22,000 films and four million film stills; the strongest international film collection in the United States, it incorporates all perio... [ + ]ds and genres. Among the holdings are original negatives of the Biograph and Edison companies, and the world's largest collection of D. W. Griffith films. The film collection is stored in the Museum's Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center, a state-of-the-art facility that opened in June 1996.

12/10/2018 10:30 AM
Mon, December 10
10:30AM
$
$25 - Adults
$18 - Seniors
$14 - Students
Children (16 and under): Free
Special exhibitions, audio programs, films, and gallery talks are included in the price of admission.

Note that children must be accompanied by an adult and that this policy does not apply to children in groups.
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