The Museum of Modern Art has launched an online resource documenting its complete exhibition history. Here you can find installation views, catalogues, checklists, and press releases for over 3500 exhibitions at MoMA from 1929 to the present. Needless to say, MoMA has played a central role in the history of modern and contemporary art, so this comprehensive resource should prove extremely valuable to scholars and students. You can read more in MoMA’s press release and an article in The New York Times.
There have been some noteworthy stories in the museum world recently:
- There are new threats to sell off pieces of the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts to help bail out the city financially. The museum — widely acknowledged as one of the finest in the United States — has faced similar challenges during past economic downturns.
- The proposal for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden — the Smithsonian Institution’s museum of modern and contemporary art on the National Mall in Washington — to add an inflatable “bubble” by Diller Scofidio + Renfro to its design has apparently stalled, leading the museum’s director to resign.
- It looks like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) may be backing off from its initial plan to tear down the former home of the American Folk Art Museum. The building, designed by architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien (who were also responsible for the new Barnes Foundation building in Philadelphia), sits immediately adjacent to MoMA on West 53rd Street in Manhattan. Although praised by architectural critics since its opening in 2001, the museum building proved to be a difficult space for exhibiting art, prompting the American Folk Art Museum to sell it to MoMA and relocate a few years ago.
If you have gone to ARTstor’s search page in the past few days, you may have been greeted by a new image. The Macintosh 128K Home Computer pictured there is the original model released by Apple in 1984, and the one marketed that year in the company’s famous Super Bowl commercial. It’s ARTstor’s low-key tribute to the late Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder.
This image also highlights the Museum of Modern Art’s Architecture and Design collection in ARTstor, which includes images of a number of Apple products at MoMA. Also among the nearly 7000 images in this collection are works by such designers as Louis Comfort Tiffany, Hector Guimard, Antoni Gaudí, Marcel Breuer, and Frank Lloyd Wright.