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Museum of Modern Art

Deborah Cullen

in Oxford Art Online


Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T2088501

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[MoMA] (New York)

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was founded in 1929 by patrons Lillie P(lummer) Bliss, Cornelius J. Sullivan and Rockefeller family §(1) to establish an institution devoted to modern art. Over the next ten years the Museum moved three times and in 1939 settled in the Early Modern style building (1938–9) designed by Philip S. Goodwin and Edward Durell Stone that it still occupies at 11 West 53 Street. Subsequent renovations and expansions occurred in the 1950s and 1960s by Philip Johnson, in 1984 by Cesar Pelli and in 2002–4 by Yoshirō Taniguchi (b 1937). MoMA QNS, the temporary headquarters during this project, was subsequently used to provide art storage. In 2000, MoMA and the contemporary art space, P.S.1, Long Island City, Queens, announced their affiliation. Recent projects are shown at P.S.1 in Queens in a renovated public school building.

According to founding director, Alfred H(amilton) Barr...

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Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; Conservation, Preservation, and Care of Artworks ; Film and Video Art ; Professional Interior Design ; Painting ; Performance Art and Dance ; Photography and Photographs ; Prints and Printmaking ; Architecture ; Sculpture and Carving ; Art Education ; Art of the United States ; 20th-Century Art ; Contemporary Art

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