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"I like that feeling when you’re making art, that you’re taking the energy out of your body and putting it into a physical object. I like things that are labor-intensive: you make a little thing and another little thing and another little thing, and eventually you see a possibility."

Happy birthday to Kiki Smith! Watch a clip about Smith from Art21, and view her works in MoMA's collection at
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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we share Leonard Freed's photo "Washington, D.C.: Demonstrators sing 'We Shall Overcome' after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech," taken on August 28, 1963. [ Mo.ma Link ]

[Gelatin silver print. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2017 Leonard Freed/Magnum Photos]
"Thirty years ago, viewers may have found the dramatic shifts in [Picabia's] work bewildering; today it’s obvious that he was an artistic driving force of the 20th century."

Hyperallergic visits "Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction," on view on our 6th floor: [ Mo.ma Link ]

[Francis Picabia. "Aello." 1930. Oil on canvas. Private collection. © 2017...
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Happy weekend all! Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" and "Boy Leading a Horse" are back on view in our newly reinstalled gallery on the 5th floor. #Picasso #MoMACollection
Our "Cruel and Unusual Comedy: Astonishing Shorts from the Slapstick Era" film series begins tomorrow with over 83 rare silent comedy shorts, all with live piano accompaniment! Watch the trailer pianist and independent curator Ben Model (@silentfilmaccompanist) created for the exhibition: [ Mo.ma Link ]

Screenings runs through January 26. Info and tickets at [ Mo.ma Link ]

Cruel and Unusual Comedy: Astonishing Shorts from the Slapstick Era - trailer - MoMA Jan 13-26

film program info at https://www.moma.org/calendar/film/3630 special podcasts at http://www.cruelandunusualcomedy.com Ben Model silent film historian/accompa...

MoMA curator Leah Dickerman and exhibition designer Mack Cole-Edelsack working on the model for our upcoming #RobertRauschenberg exhibition (opening in May). With them is artist/filmmaker Charles Atlas, who is collaborating on the design of the show.

For information about "Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends," visit [ Mo.ma Link ]

[Photo by Jessica Bell Brown]
Next Wednesday, January 18, at 6 p.m., writer Ben Rawlence and associate curator Sean Anderson will discuss how areas of displacement affect the making of and response to architecture today.

In conjunction with the exhibition "Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter," this discussion is part of MoMA's Citizens and Borders program series. Info and tickets at [ Mo.ma Link ]

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Seven months after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Museum held an exhibition of artworks donated by leading American artists, which were all to be sold to benefit the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights organization largely founded by King. It was the first time MoMA had held an exhibition for the benefit of another organization; the press release...
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Charles Atlas and Alexandra Bachzetsis in our galleries earlier today! Alexandra Bachzetsis’s "Massacre: Variations on a Theme" opens on January 17. Information and performance dates at [ Mo.ma Link ]

[Photo by Stuart Comer]
Our "Cruel and Unusual Comedy: Astonishing Shorts from the Slapstick Era" film series begins this Friday and runs through January 26. The series will screen 83 rare silent comedy shorts, all with live piano accompaniment! For schedule and tickets, visit [ Mo.ma Link ]
Cool Hunting writes about how Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec started their hand-drawn data visualization postcard project, Dear Data, now part of MoMA's collection: [ Mo.ma Link ]

[Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec. Dear Data. 2015]
This is the last week to view D. W. Griffith's "The Musketeers of Pig Alley" on moma.org! Released in 1912, the 16-minute film has been considered the first "gangster" film and is lauded for its groundbreaking camera techniques. It was acquired into MoMA's film collection in 1939, and was recently added to The Library of Congress's National Film Registry.

Watch the entire film and learn more...
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Vermont photographer Wilson Bentley became the first person to photograph a single snowflake in 1885 by attaching a microscope to his bellows camera. He would go one to photograph over 5,000 different snowflakes. This photo, from 1905, is in MoMA's collection: [ Mo.ma Link ]

[Wilson A. Bentley. "Snowflake." c. 1905. Gelatin silver printing-out-paper print]
Suffice it to say, our Sculpture Garden is currently closed!
We're excited to announce that our Media Conservation Initiative will be kicking off this May! The initiative seeks to advance new strategies in the field of time-based media art preservation and restoration, and to rethink the role of the conservator in the museum setting as well as the knowledge and skills future media conservators should possess. A series of media conservation workshops and...
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What exhibitions, installations, and/or performances are you most looking forward to seeing this year?

[David Shrigley. Untitled (Exhibition) from an untitled portfolio. 2008. The Museum of Modern Art. © 2017 David Shrigley]
Education has been central to MoMA from its beginning. For founding director Alfred H. Barr, Jr., the Museum’s mission was “educational in the broadest, least academic sense.” MoMA’s first director of education, Victor D’Amico, established a wide range of series and programs to foster art education and creativity. One of these, the Committee on Art Education, was launched to create ongoing...
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Installation view of "Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction." The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 21, 2016-March 19, 2017. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck
This weekend, MoMA PS1 will be traveling to Puerto Rico for Puertos Ricos, a weekend-long festival celebrating the work of artist Papo Colo. Colo will present a new performance work, "Procesión-Migración," a large-scale procession through the rain forest of El Yunque National Park. Featuring actors, musicians, and animals, with performances along the route, the procession culminates along the...
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Papo Colo: Procesión-Migración

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André Masson was best known for his works in Surrealism, using drugs or losing sleep to create works that tapped into his unconscious. Masson started experimenting with sand in the 1920's. "Battle of the Fishes" was one of these works, in which Masson applied gesso to the canvas and threw sand on it, resulting in contours that suggest forms, "although almost always irrational ones." Masson was...
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