Museum of Modern Art New York
Museum of Modern Art New York has been important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world. This world-renowned collection is touted as the best of its kind on the planet, with its extensive displays of painting, sculpture, film, photography, and performance art.
The idea for the Museum of Modern Art was developed in 1929 primarily by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and two of her friends, Lillie P. Bliss and Mary Quinn Sullivan. They became known variously as “the Ladies”, “the daring ladies” and “the adamantine ladies”. They rented modest quarters for the new museum in the Heckscher Building at 730 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and it opened to the public on November 7, 1929, nine days after the Wall Street Crash.
The Museum of Modern Art features dozens of exhibitions each year. Although you may feel as though you don’t know enough about modern art to truly appreciate a visit to the museum, there are plenty of names you are likely to recognize. For example, this year MoMA has special exhibitions featuring the work of Edgar Degas and a showcase of the 1960s.
The plan was developed by the architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler. The first phase of construction began in 2014, with completion anticipated in 2019. The project adds 50,000 square feet of new gallery space to the museum. In connection with the renovation, MoMA shifted its approach to presenting its holdings, moving away from separating the collection by disciplines such as painting, design and works on paper toward an integrated chronological presentation that encompasses all areas of the collection.
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New York, N.Y. 10019
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Museum of Modern Art New York | paintings in chronological order
1926 – 1950
1951 – 1975