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Photograph: John Wronn, © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art

The best current and upcoming MoMA exhibits

Here are the exhibitions and collection highlights that should not be missed at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in NYC

Written by
Howard Halle
Time Out editors

The incubator for 20th century art, the Museum of Modern Art (founded in 1929) has  shepherded cutting-edge movements such as Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Minimalism into the mainstream. MoMA's collection of Modern painting, sculpture and architecture is arguably the most complete of its kind anywhere in the world, and it continues to grow with the addition of artworks by contemporary artists—many of whom have been fostered at MoMA's Long Island City satellite, MoMA PS1. In 2019, the midtown Modern underwent a significant expansion, which included a major reshuffling of its collection. You can find out about which shows are on view with our list of the best current and upcoming exhibits at MoMA and MoMA PS1.

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MoMA and MoMA PS1 exhibits current and upcoming

“member: Pope.L, 1978–2001”
Photograph: © Pope. L, courtesy the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

1. “member: Pope.L, 1978–2001”

The artist known simply as artist Pope.L is best known for performances such as one piece in which he crawled along the entire 22-mile length of Broadway, dressed as Superman.

Starts Oct 21

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  • Contemporary art

Midcentury Latin America was a hotbed of modern art thanks to a roster of artists—Lygia Clark, Gego, Raúl Lozza, Hélio Oiticica, Jesús Rafael Soto—who weren't well known in New York until fairly recently. MoMA fills in the gaps with this survey of objects from that period, which were given to MoMA over the years by Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, a collector whose holdings of Latin American abstract art are one of the most important in the world.

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  • Contemporary art

The fact that the title of Donald Judd’s MoMA retrospective is last name only speaks to his enormous place in postwar art. Minimalism as we know it would have been inconceivable without him: He pioneered the form in the early 1960s with his signature boxes, and introduced the idea to interior design through his forays into furniture and the design of his own studio/living quarters, which took up an entire Soho loft building. Also, he put Marfa, Texas on the map as an art center when he bought up nearly all of the buildings in town and turned them into exhibition spaces.

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  • Pop art

Combining Pop Art and feminism, Niki de Saint Phalle was a midcentury French-American artist who was also one of the few women sculptors to work on a monumental scale. One of her notable works was the waist-down half of giant female figure on her back with her legs spread to reveal a vagina-shaped opening that crowds of visitors could enter. She also “painted” by shooting a gun at pockets of paint concealed behind canvas, which would then bleed out various colors.

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