post is a site for encounters between the established and experimental, the historical and emerging, the local and global, the scholarly and artistic. An online journal, archive, exhibition space, and open forum that takes advantage of the nonhierarchical nature of the Internet, post seeks to spark in-depth explorations of the ways in which modernism is being redefined. The site's contents are intended to build nuanced understandings of the histories that shape the practices of artists and institutions today. As a networked platform, post aims to provide an alternative to the model of a unified art historical narrative.
post invites active participation! It is a space for sharing research and testing ideas, a platform for critical responses, and an instrument for increasing expertise through exposure to knowledge from around the globe. post is designed to produce a changing and layered articulation of multiple modernities, which will emerge over time as more people from more places participate. While post takes as its starting point research undertaken at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), it will continue to seek and develop a network of engaged partners and users whose complementary research and concerns will shape future approaches and content. New essays, interviews, reports and reflections, as well as archival materials and artists' commissions, will be released regularly to ensure that new voices enter the debates and new research concentrations continue to emerge.
post begins as the public face of C-MAP, a cross-departmental research program launched in 2009 to expand our reading of art history and, consequently, what we do at MoMA. The scope and methodologies of C-MAP research question the judgments that grow out of the assumption that artistic modernism is or was determined only by the Western European and North American narratives of early twentieth-century avant-gardes. The aim of C-MAP is to understand more fully the historical imperatives and changing conditions of transnational networks of artistic practice and to seek verbal and material accounts of histories that often have been little known outside their countries of origin.
C-MAP forges new relationships and partnerships and undertakes collaborative research in order to develop new expertise, share what has been learned, and ultimately, inform the development of exhibitions, publications, educational programs, and the collection, for the benefit of scholars, curators, educators, students, critics, artists, and the general public alike.
C-MAP’s core working structure is the long-term research group. Currently, there are three research groups focusing respectively on Central and Eastern Europe, East Asia and Latin America, regions with strong histories of modernism. The groups’ members include senior and junior staff from all curatorial departments, the library, the archives, and the Department of Education. They are joined by visiting scholars, curators, and artists to create cross-disciplinary investigations. In addition, three distinguished scholars serve as counselors for the initiative: Mieke Bal, Professor of Humanities, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Universiteit van Amsterdam; Homi Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University; and David Joselit, Carnegie Professor of Art History at Yale University. Group members travel together to deepen their understanding of the specific qualities and histories of the places they are studying. Each trip involves dozens of meetings with artists and specialists, including those who have participated in seminars at MoMA.
C-MAP Latin America
The group is led by Luis Pérez-Oramas, Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art in MoMA’s Department of Drawings and Prints, together with post-doctoral fellow Zanna Gilbert. Latin American group focuses on experimental artistic practices and their contemporary resonances today. In 2012, following earlier initiatives centered on the study of abstraction in Latin America, the group shifted its focus to an interdisciplinary study of the art of Brazil. From Spring through Fall of 2012, visiting advisors shared their knowledge of the nation’s history, music, architecture, and visual art, and, with group members, closely studied works by Brazilian artists in the Museum’s collection. In November 2012, the group traveled to Brazil, visiting São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro via Inhotim, an art institution conceived upon the notion of site specificity that sits in 240 acres of botanical garden. The aim of the 10-day visit was to explore in further depth some of the practices the group had been introduced to through the research conducted throughout 2012. The group visited studios and interviewed artists, such as Augusto de Campos, Antonio Dias, Cildo Meireles, Anna Bella Geiger, Anna Maria Maiolino, Regina Silveira, Paulo Bruscky, Felipe Ehrenberg, Leda Catunda, Beatriz Milhazes, Rosângela Rennó and Iran do Espirito Santo. More recently, the group has moved away from a purely national focus to one centered on artistic practices, looking in detail at selected local contexts or hubs of activity, while also pursuing connections and comparisons across borders and time periods. In 2013 research sessions were conducted with Ana Longoni, Roberto Jacoby, Harper Montgomery, Mateo López and Maria Inés Rodriguez among others.
C-MAP East Asia Group
Until August 2013 East Asia group was led by Doryun Chong Associate Curator in Painting and Sculpture, together with post-doctoral fellow Miki Kaneda. Between 2010 and 2012, the group, formerly known as “The Influence of The Performative”, concentrated on developing their expertise and focus on manifestations of performativity in the context of postwar Japanese art, specifically in the 1950s and 1960s. In order to provide a focus, the group decided to organize its programs and activities around the anchor of the exhibition, Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde(November 18, 2012–February 25, 2013), and the international Program’s sourcebook, From Postwar to Postmodern, Art in Japan 1945–1989: Primary Documents(2013). While continuing to build on prior research on early decades in postwar Japan, the group has now moved forward expanding its temporal scope into the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s and its geographical focus to wider East Asia— especially China and South Korea, as well as Taiwan and Hong Kong.
C-MAP Fluxus Group: Central and Eastern Europe
The C-MAP Fluxus group was initiated through research conducted on the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift, which in 2009 brought to the Museum works by various Fluxus artists active in the 1960s and 1970s, also from Central and Eastern Europe. Since then, at first following the Fluxus thread, the group has extended its focus onto various conceptual and other experimental practices from the region. Its members repeatedly travelled to the countries of the former Soviet Block and Yugoslavia, organized numerous seminars at MoMA, and brought into the Museum’s collection works by, among others, Dora Maurer, Geta Bratescu, Josip Vanista, and Władysław Strzemiński. The group is led by Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator at Department of Photography, together with post-doctoral fellow Magdalena Moskalewicz. Its first leader was, until summer 2013, Christophe Cherix, Chief Curator of MoMA’s Department of Drawings and Prints.
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The Museum of Modern Art's Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives in a Global Age Initiative (C-MAP) is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.
Additional funding is provided by Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Adriana Cisneros de Griffin, and Marlene Hess.
For questions or comments, please contact us at Contact_C-MAP@moma.org.