post is The Museum of Modern Art’s online resource devoted to art and the history of modernism in a global context. With a primary focus on modern and contemporary art outside North America and Western Europe, the website invites contributions by individuals and institutions from around the world and makes behind-the-scenes research at MoMA available to a broader public.
post seeks to spark in-depth explorations of artistic practices, contexts, and the ways in which modernism is being redefined. Essays, interviews, trip reports, artists’ commissions, archival materials, translated sources, and bibliographies reflect new research perspectives that continue to emerge in art history today. post is the public face of Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP). C-MAP is a cross-departmental, internal research program at The Museum of Modern Art that fosters the multiyear study of art histories outside North America and Western Europe.
Contributors to post include staff of The Museum of Modern Art as well as an international network of individuals and institutional partners. We invite our readers to become part of this expanding community by creating a profile and joining the conversation.
Founded in 2009, C-MAP emerged from a long history of international outreach at the Museum, including recent projects of the International Program and numerous curatorial initiatives. The initiative is currently organized into three research groups that focus on modern and contemporary art produced in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America. A senior-level curator leads each group assisted by a resident fellow who has a specialized command of the group’s specific area of focus. The C-MAP groups’ members include senior and junior staff from all curatorial departments, the Library, the Museum Archives, and the Department of Education. Each group invites eminent scholars, artists, and curators to lead regular seminars at the Museum according to a geographically focused curriculum and conducts research trips to build local contacts and firsthand knowledge. In addition, C-MAP fosters long-term strategic partnerships with distinguished cultural institutions worldwide. As a result of these combined efforts, the groups develop a better understanding of the works already in MoMA’s collection from the areas of study, just as they seek to create a deeper knowledge of the broader historical context for future acquisitions and programs.
C-MAP was initially guided by the expertise of three distinguished counselors who continue to periodically advise 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, Harvard University; and David Joselit, Distinguished Professor, CUNY Graduate Center.
C-MAP Asia Group
The Asia Group is led by Stuart Comer, Chief Curator of the Department of Media and Performance Art, together with C-MAP Fellow for Asia Rattanamol Singh Johal. After an initial focus on performativity in postwar Japanese art, the group then expanded 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. Since 2015, the group has focused on the histories of modernism, postmodernism, and contemporary art across the Indian subcontinent.
C-MAP Central and Eastern Europe
The Central and Eastern Europe Group is led by Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator in the Department of Photography, together with C-MAP Fellow for Central and Eastern Europe Ksenia Nouril. The Central and Eastern Europe Group was begun with a focus on the Museum’s Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection, which includes works by several Fluxus artists from Central and Eastern Europe. Since then, the group has extended its research to various conceptual and experimental practices from the region. It is currently focusing its research on Russia and commencing a long-term partnership with the Muzeum Sztuki in Łodz, Poland.
C-MAP Latin America
The Latin America Group is led by Luis Pérez-Oramas, Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art in the Department of Drawings and Prints, together with C-MAP Fellow for Latin America Jerónimo Duarte Riascos. Initially focusing on abstraction in Latin America, with a specific focus on Brazil, it now concentrates on selected local contexts, while also pursuing connections and comparisons across borders and time periods. Recently, the Latin America Group examined the cross-pollination between literary and artistic scenes that is characteristic of art in Chile and Peru and members traveled to meet with artists and scholars and visit institutions. Current and forthcoming areas of research include Colombia, the Caribbean, and Central America.
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The Museum of Modern Art's Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) initiative is supported by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art. Special thanks to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for founding support of C-MAP and post.
For questions or comments, please contact us at Contact_C-MAP@moma.org.