With a mission to represent all forms of contemporary visual expression, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is the country’s preeminent museum of contemporary art and one of the city’s most interesting cultural destinations. With contemporary collections that include painting and sculpture, drawings, prints and illustrated books, photography, architecture and design, film and video, and new forms yet to be developed, as well as a steady rotation of often obscure and provocative programming, MoMA adds to the overall artistic landscape in the city.
Explore creative boundaries and challenge your imagination with these highlights from MoMA’s fall calendar:
Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets
August 12, 2012–January 7, 2013
The weird, somewhat disturbing vision of these siblings is in full effect at this multimedia exhibition from the brothers Quay. In addition to their better known films, this exhibition includes never-before-seen moving image works and graphic design, drawings, and calligraphy, presenting animated and live-action films alongside installations, objects, and works on paper.
Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000
July 29–November 5, 2012
Catch this design-department show before it closes in order to relive a bit of childhood through the objects that we played with and enjoyed as kids. The exhibition is a grand survey of design for children, bringing together areas underrepresented in design history, including clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, nurseries, children’s hospitals and safety equipment, furniture, and books.
New Photography 2012
October 3, 2012–February 4, 2013
An exhibition from five contemporary photographers, each with a singular vision that represents “the diversity and vitality of photography today,” according to the curators.
Goldfinger: The Design of an Iconic Film Title
October 5, 2012–March 31, 2013
In conjunction with the film exhibition “50 Years of James Bond,” this design-gallery show honors the distinctive graphic vision of the famous Bond, James Bond films.
Edvard Munch: The Scream
October 24, 2012–April 29, 2013
Jump on this rare chance to see the famous Norwegian artist’s painting, the iconic image of angst and despair. Of the four versions of The Scream made by Munch between 1893 and 1910, this pastel-on-board from 1895 is the only one remaining in private hands.
Meta-Monumental Garage Sale
November 17, 2012–November 30, 2012
New York multimedia performance artist Martha Rosler is known for focusing on the commonplace and this fall, Rosler will present the garage sale as an art form of contemporary society. For two weeks in November, Rosler will stage an actual garage sale in a second floor atrium of the museum, presenting and selling books, clothing and mementos donated by Rosler’s family and friends and MoMA staff. This might be your one chance to actually buy something in a gallery at the Museum of Modern Art!