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In the 1960’s, New Breed was the “Motown of Afrocentric clothing,” serving as a model for black experience in fashion. Designer Howard Davis joins curatorial assistant Michelle Millar Fisher on the #ItemsMoMA blog to discuss the brand’s rise and influence, garnering notable fans like Muhammad Ali and Sidney Poitier from their uptown brownstone boutique. Read more at ... The “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” exhibition may be closed, but the learning continues in our free online course, #FashionAsDesign . The next sessions starts Monday, Feb 19. Enroll at ... Image: Fashions at the New Breed, February 1968. Photo: Gideon Manasseh. Courtesy Valarie Benning
Cuban artist Tania Bruguera first presented “Untitled (Havana, 2000)” at the 2000 Havana Biennial. Curator Stuart Comer notes, “every element—from venturing into a tunnel immersed in near-total darkness and the pungent odor of sugarcane to an ominous performance in the shadows—evokes the contradictions of life in the wake of the Cuban Revolution, yet suggests themes that remain deeply relevant today.” For Bruguera, this is the piece in which her performance work started to move towards a more participatory form, saying "I don’t want to represent a political situation but to provoke a political situation.” ... #TaniaBruguera
On view for mere hours before being shut down by the Cuban government in 2000, Tania Bruguera’s “Untitled (Havana, 2000)” is a deeply affecting work about state power and the fragility of citizenship. For over twenty-five years the Cuban artist and activist has created performances and installations that examine political power structures. In this installation, live performers cloaked in darkness and the pungent odor of sugarcane, juxtaposed with images of Fidel Castro, create an immediacy and urgency about the vulnerability we all share when we’re stripped of our human rights. Bruguera tells us “The political events that you experience through your body, you never forget.” #TaniaBruguera … Experience her work. On view through March 11. (link in bio)
#PopRally is rebooting Club 57, the beloved Downtown D.I.Y. venue and proving ground for Klaus Nomi, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and many more. No Wave will be alive and well in MoMA’s underground theater, as @pilltheband debuts songs from their new EP. Come early and stick around after the show to snip clips and photocopy collages with @endlesseditions while Lizzi Bougatsos spins tremendous tracks. Tickets at (link in bio) … Image courtesy Jon Campolo #club57nyc
Today we kick off 12 days of innovative approaches to documentary filmmaking with #DocFortnight , our 17th annual international festival of nonfiction film. ... The Department of Film has curated films that challenge our perceptions of the changing world, highlighting independent filmmakers—both emerging and established—that are pushing the boundaries of the traditional model of documentary cinema. See their selections and reserve your screening and Q&A tickets at … Featured 🎥: 1️⃣ “Liyana.” 2017. Swaziland/USA/Qatar. Directed by Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp. Courtesy of Amanda Kopp 2️⃣ “Sans bruit, les figurants du désert (Noiseless, Desert Extras).” 2017. Poland/France/Morocco. Directed by Gilles Lepore, Michal Madracki, Maciej Madracki. Courtesy of Haut les Mains Productions 3️⃣ “Mama Colonel.” 2017. Democratic Republic of the Congo/France. Directed by Dieudo Hamadi. Courtesy of Icarus Films 4️⃣ “The Long Season.” 2017. The Netherlands/Lebanon. Directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich. Courtesy of Public Film 5️⃣ “Rio Verde: El tiempo de los Yakurunas (Green River: The Time of the Yakurunas).” 2017. Peru. Directed by Alvaro Sarmiento, Diego Sarmiento. Courtesy of Alvaro Sarmiento
Starting in the late 1970s, Stephen Shore gradually abandoned urban and suburban areas in favor of more natural landscapes. He approached his new subject as an “experiment with space”—challenging himself to create scale and depth without elements like the street lamps and telegraph poles he had used to construct scenes in urban areas. ... Explore the six-decade career of one of the most significant photographers of our time in #StephenShore , now on view. … 📷 by @stephen.shore : 1️⃣ “U.S. 97, South of Klamath Falls, Oregon, July 21, 1973.” 1973. Chromogenic color print, printed 2002. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Photography Council Fund. 2️⃣ “Gallatin County, Montana, April 18, 1981.” 1981. Chromogenic color print, printed 2017. Courtesy the artist and 303 Gallery, New York. 3️⃣ “Washington Street, Struthers, Ohio, October 27, 1977.” 1977. Chromogenic color print, printed 2017. Courtesy the artist and 303 Gallery, New York.
For “Kiss,” one of his earliest films, Andy Warhol recorded close-ups of different couples kissing continuously for three minutes each and compiled the footage into a nearly one-hour film. Breath mints, anyone? ... Visit (link in bio) for more epic #MoMACollection kisses. Happy #ValentinesDay ! … Image: 1964. Original film elements preserved by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © 2018 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
For security officer Chet Gold, Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” is a reminder to find “peace in his purpose” as a painter who happens to spend his day protecting his favorite artworks. ... This January marked one year of #ArtSpeaks —days of community and conversation in the galleries led by Museum staff. See the full gallery talk on our Facebook page!
Experience Tania Bruguera’s “Untitled (Havana, 2000)”—the pungent odor of sugarcane, the glow of political imagery, the ominous performance in the shadows around you. A pivotal work in the Cuban artist’s career—and the first time it has been exhibited since Castro’s death—Bruguera’s performance installation asks us to question what lives in the dark, and what is projected. #TaniaBruguera … Please note: The installation will be closed on Mondays for maintenance. Visit for more information.
The modern city has long been an object of affection, frustration, and fascination for artists. In ‘The City’ gallery of #TheLongRunMoMA —our exhibition showcasing daring invention sustained by artists long into their careers—urban spaces are viewed as complicated organisms. ... From #GeorgiaOKeeffe ’s deceptively abstract rendering of the Washington Monument, and #JohnOutterbridge 's sculpture, to #KerryJamesMarshall ’s painting of a policeman as an ambiguous figure of authority, these artists make clear that our cities are defined as much by their inhabitants as by their architecture and infrastructure. Learn more at … 1️⃣ John Outterbridge. “Broken Dance, Ethnic Heritage Series.” c. 1978-82. Stainless steel, wood, leather, sewn cloth, and ammunition box. Gift of Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin. © John Outterbridge. Courtesy of the artist. 2️⃣ Georgia O'Keeffe. “From a Day with Juan II.” 1977. Georgia O'Keeffe Bequest. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. 3️⃣ Kerry James Marshall. “Untitled (policeman).” 2015. Synthetic polymer paint on PVC panel with plexi frame. Gift of Mimi Haas in honor of Marie-Josée Kravis
Tomorrow, #Club57nyc hosts a double bill of No Wave rarities. “Sleepless Nights” (1979), a little-seen featurette described by its director New Cinema co-founder Becky Johnston as playing “fast and loose with the noir detective drama,” is joined by “Bikers or Vanity in Leather” (1978) a 30-minute loose study in style and fetish staged in Swiss painter (and Hell's Angel) Olivier Mosset's downtown loft. The perfect evening for your post-punk Valentine. Tickets at … A flyer for “Sleepless Nights.” 1979. USA. Directed by Becky Johnston. Image courtesy of Maripol
Tarsila do Amaral set out to be “the painter of her country,” devouring and transforming the culture and values that dominated modern art in the 1920’s to create a uniquely Brazilian view of modern art. ... Though she is widely celebrated in her native country, this is the first exhibition in the United States devoted exclusively to Tarsila’s groundbreaking art, featuring over 100 works. Now through June 3, join us in exploring the evolution of her vision through her innovative paintings and drawings, collaborations, and inspirations. ... #TarsilaMoMA opens to the public this Sunday. Members see it now! Learn more at
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