MoMA REOPENS TO THE PUBLIC ON AUGUST 27
Since State and City Officials announced New York City museums are permitted to reopen, MoMA has been dedicated to providing a safe environment for all with new safety protocols that follow CDC, New York State, and New York City guidelines. The Museum’s Flagship Store on 53rd Street and the MoMA Design Stores in Midtown and Soho are also open.
“We have been carefully preparing for the reopening of The Museum of Modern Art for months, to ensure the safe return of our staff and visitors, and we are ready to welcome everyone back to our recently expanded and reimagined museum,” said Glenn D. Lowry, the David Rockefeller Director. “With new safety protocols and procedures in place, our audiences can continue to enjoy an unparalleled experience of our collection galleries and exhibitions and, we hope, find solace and inspiration here.”
Visitors returning to the Museum will be greeted by a special installation of the iconic “I ♥ NY” logo (1976), designed by Milton Glaser (1929–2020), mounted inside the west end of MoMA’s lobby and visible from 53rd street. Glaser’s design, the concept sketch and layouts for which are in MoMA's collection, was conceived during multiple crises occurring throughout 1975 and has become a symbol of hope and enduring love for New York City and State throughout the last 45 years. Displaying “I ♥ NY” when MoMA reopens highlights the resilience of New Yorkers in the face of the unimaginable losses caused by the COVID19 pandemic and the faith that New York will re-emerge stronger than before.
MoMA’S REOPENING PROGRAM WILL ALSO INCLUDE:
Collection Galleries: The new MoMA opened on October 21, 2019, with a reimagined approach to its collection presentation that highlights the creative affinities and frictions produced by displaying painting, sculpture, architecture, design, photography, media, performance, film, and works on paper together.
Haegue Yang: Handles will be open for a final viewing opportunity. Handles is a multisensory piece by Seoul- and Berlin-based artist Haegue Yang that was commissioned by MoMA as a site-specific installation for the Museum’s Marron Atrium. The installation combines six dynamic sculptures, dazzling geometries, and the play of light and sound to create a ritualized, complex environment with both personal and political resonance.
Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction―The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift will remain on view to the public until September 12, 2020. Drawn primarily from the paintings, sculptures, and works on paper donated to the Museum by the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros between 1997 and 2016, Sur moderno celebrates the arrival of the most important collection of abstract and concrete art from Latin America by dedicating an entire suite of galleries on the Museum’s third floor to the display of artists from Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, and Uruguay.
Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures will remain on view to the public until September 19, 2020. The exhibition is the first major solo exhibition at the Museum of the photographer’s incisive work in over 50 years and includes approximately 100 photographs drawn entirely from the Museum’s collection.
Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman—The Shape of Shape, an exhibition of nearly 75 works from MoMA’s collection selected by Sillman (b. 1955), an artist who has helped redefine contemporary painting, pushing the medium into installations, prints, zines, animation, and architecture, will remain on view to the public until October 4, 2020.
Neri Oxman: Material Ecology will remain on view to the public until October 18, 2020. The exhibition includes seven major projects that Oxman has created in the course of her 20-year career. Through her work, Oxman has pioneered not only new ideas for materials, objects, buildings, and construction processes, but also frameworks for interdisciplinary—and interspecies—collaborations.
Judd will remain on view to the public until January 9, 2021. The exhibition is the first major US retrospective dedicated to Donald Judd (1928–1994) in over three decades. It explores the remarkable vision of an artist who revolutionized the history of sculpture, highlighting the full scope of Judd’s career through 70 works in sculpture, painting, and drawing, from public and private collections in the US and abroad.
Taking a Thread for a Walk will remain on view to the public until January 10, 2021. The installation looks at how successive generations developed new material and constructive languages from the 1890s through the 1970s, highlighting the flexibility of textiles, a medium that continues to defy easy categorization.
Private Lives, Public Spaces will remain open to the public until February 21, 2021. The Museum’s first large-scale exhibition of home movies and amateur films drawn exclusively from its collection presents largely unseen, privately produced works exploring the connection between artist’s cinema, amateur movies, and family filmmaking since the 1923 introduction of small-gauge film stock heralded the unofficial birth of affordable home moviemaking.
*cover artwork: Vincent van Gogh. The Starry Night. Saint Rémy, June 1889. Oil on canvas. 29 x 36 1/4 in. (73.7 x 92.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest. Photographed by Jonathan Muzikar.