As an institution dedicated to ever-changing art forms, MoMA consistently attracts direct engagement. The MoMA Library's current exhibition documents seven decades of interventions by artists, the general public, and even MoMA staff, ranging from manifestos and conceptual gestures to protests and performances. “Messing” connotes the variety of these actions, which question, play with, provoke, subvert, and comment on the paradox of institutionalizing radical art.
On November 17, 1914, Henry Clay Frick and his wife Adelaide moved into their newly constructed residence at 1 East 70th Street in New York, now the home of The Frick Collection.
The MoMA Library's current exhibition highlights the art of Ray Johnson, which was rooted in his constant practice of correspondence. He dispersed a copious amount of collages and other printed matter through the mail to friends and colleagues. The Museum of Modern Art Library received materials in the mail from Ray Johnson from the 1950s until his death in 1995. This exhibition focuses on Johnson’s early printed materials, especially his promotional flyers for his work as a graphic designer and illustrator.
The MoMA Library's current exhibition celebrates the innovative mail artist Edgardo Antonio Vigo, bringing together his mail art, visual poetry, performative actions, and expanded publications to shed light on this little-known artist and his role in Argentine experimentalism. Beginning in the 1960s, from his quiet hometown of La Plata, Vigo and fellow local artists developed an extensive network of contacts in Latin America and Europe, making the city a hub of the international mail art network.
Kids, animals, and pretty girls: amateur photography publications are full of them.
I recently discovered that it's been that way since the earliest years of photography. Because I trolled through a hundred or so of these publications for the current MoMA Library show "How to Make Good Pictures:" Manuals and the Popularization of Amateur Photography.
As we were brainstorming a name for our Library exhibition of contemporary experimental magazines, Millennium Magazines stuck because of its concise alliteration. The name also specifically isolates this recent period of time - post-Y2K - where these publications have been flourishing despite constant conversations about the end of print culture. Working in a library, this is a particularly hot topic as we think about the future and how best to accommodate new modes of publishing. The exhibition, now on view at MoMA in the Lewis B. Cullman Education building at 4 W 54th St., aims to complicate this assumption that print is dead.
Jesse Sadia, Cataloging Associate for Auction Sales Catalogs, established the staff exhibition program at The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library in 1999 as a means for artists on staff to get to know one another and to create a display of works that their colleagues could enjoy. The first exhibition, Small Works, occupied two bookshelves. It invited artists in the Library to create pieces no larger than 2 x 2 inches. The next year the exhibition was expanded to include all employees of the Frick and became part of the institution’s annual Staff Education Day activities. Twelve years later the program is still going strong.