MoMA in 2024

by Alain Chivilò


MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York, has revealed the exhibition program for the year 2024. Just a quick look as stated.

Body Constructs. Gallery 417. Opening January 5, 2024. Covering the period between 1945 and 1975, it includes works such as by Henry Dreyfuss, Valie Export, Michael Webb and Niki de Saint Phalle, many of them on view at MoMA for the first time. Organized by Evangelos Kotsioris, Assistant Curator, and Paula Vilaplana, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, the exhibition explores modernism’s frictions with question of gender, race, and disability that continue to be prevalent in architectural practice to this day. 

In the Shadow of the American Dream. Gallery 202. Opening March 1, 2024. Martin Wong’s Houston Street (1986) will be on view for the first time, alongside other recently acquired works by Agosto Machado, Donald Moffett, and Marion Scemama. Recalling a moment when many lives were lost and entire neighborhoods were razed, the works in this gallery conjure the eloquent rage of a generation of artists who lived. Organized by Stuart Comer, The Lonti Ebers Chief Curator of Media and Performance, and Sophie Cavoulacos, Associate Curator, Department of Film, with Abby Hermosilla, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Curatorial Affairs, a focus on topics such as financial precarity, urban desolation and medical hardship.

A Cubist Salon, Gallery 503. Opening April 5, 2024. Works by artists traditionally associated with Cubism are presentedlinked to artists aligned with various other early-20th-century avant-garde movements, but who all lived, worked, or passed through Paris at different moments between 1908 and 1918. Organized by Anne Umland, The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture, with Rachel Remick, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Curatorial Affairs, it highlights Cubism as a heterogeneous, unsettled, and dynamic movement in the making, defined by works produced by an international community of artists in the years immediately prior to and during World War I.

Dance Index. Gallery 409. Opening May 3, 2024. It features photographers’ unique responses to the rhythm and lines of mid-century dance, as well as artists’ use of the camera to capture choreography in the world around them. Organized by Lucy Gallun, Curator, Department of Photography, with Rachel Rosin, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Curatorial Affairs, the title comes from a journal founded by Lincoln Kirstein.

Illusions of Life. Gallery 206. Opening June 7, 2024. It explores how vulnerability, creativity, and the everyday coincide in the spaces where we live and work. Sallim, which refers to the Korean word for ‘housekeeping’ conjures a ghostly model of the kitchen in Yang’s Berlin apartment, where she lived and worked. Familiar objects and spaces of routine life become material for intimate explorations of the monumental: questions of time, perspective and the self. Organized by Lanka Tattersall, Laurenz Foundation Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints and Erica Papernik-Shimizu, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance, with Abby Hermosilla, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Curatorial Affairs, the installation Sallim (2009) looks at the private realm on a public scale.

Looking for Langston. Gallery 510. Opening July 5, 2024. British artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien released Looking for Langston (1989), an homage to the poet Langston Hughes that offers a poetic exploration of Black, queer, and artistic identities through the lens of the Harlem Renaissance. With Julien’s groundbreaking film at its center, this gallery presents works of photography and drawing from MoMA’s collection (many on view at the Museum for the first time) to collapse two periods of artistic production and exploration. Organized by Antoinette Roberts, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photography, with Rachel Remick, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Curatorial Affairs, it focuses the strong role that artists played in portraying the vibrancy of Black life.

Romare Bearden. Gallery 416. Opening August 2,  2024. Drawing from MoMA’s rich holdings of Bearden’s work, along with archival material from his retrospective at the Museum in 1971, this gallery will highlight the artist’s multifaceted artistic engagement with postwar America. Organized by Esther Adler, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, with Rachel Rosin, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Curatorial Affairs, it points out Romare Bearden’s art in  six-decade career. 

The Artists of Coenties Slip. Gallery 516. Opening October 4, 2024. It features a community of artists who lived and worked on one of the oldest streets at the southeastern edge of Manhattan for a brief period in the 1950s and ’60s, including Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, James Rosenquist, Delphine Seyrig, Lenore Tawney and Jack Youngerman. Organized by Samantha Friedman, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints and Prudence Peiffer, Director, Content, with Rachel Remick, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Curatorial Affairs, it shows how they all had significant breakthroughs at Coenties Slip changing the landscape of modern art, supporting each other’s need to be both a part of and apart from the cultural scene.


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