post is The Museum of Modern Art’s online resource devoted to art and the history of modernism in a global context. It is the public face of Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP), a cross-departmental, internal research program at MoMA that fosters the multiyear study of art histories outside North America and Western Europe.
post invites contributions by individuals and institutions from around the world and also makes behind-the-scenes research at MoMA available to a broader public. The website seeks to spark in-depth explorations of artistic practices, and contexts, and of the ways in which modernism is being redefined. Essays, interviews, artists’ commissions, archival materials, translated sources, and bibliographies reflect new research perspectives that continue to emerge in art history today. The website is governed by an editorial board that is composed of C-MAP members.
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 research projects. The initiative is currently organized into four research groups that respectively focus on modern and contemporary art produced in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The C-MAP group members include senior and junior staff from all curatorial departments, the Library, the Museum Archives, and the Departments of Education and Exhibition Planning and Administration. 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. 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 Asia Group
The Asia Group is led by Stuart Comer, Chief Curator of the Department of Media and Performance Art, and Sean Anderson, Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, together with C-MAP Fellow for Asia Prajna Desai. 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 histories of the modern in art across the Indian subcontinent. The group’s sessions and public programs are currently exploring two arcs of interest: the critical framing of video art, contemporary painting, and documentary filmmaking using the cinematic imaginary as a defining philosophical trope in South Asia; and a critique of identity politics and regionalism vis-à-vis internationalism in modern architecture and art practice since 1945.
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 Meghan Forbes. 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. After a multi-year focus on Russia, and specialized sessions dedicated to the publication of the Primary Documents book Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe: An Anthology, it turned to consider more closely art from Yugoslavia, in conjunction with the exhibition Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980, and expanded its conception of Central Europe to encompass the German Democratic Republic. In anticipation of the centenary of the Bauhaus in 2019, the group is currently working within a critical framework that takes this international, functionalist school in Germany as a jumping-off point to look at issues of (trans)nationalism, gender, and interdisciplinarity.
C-MAP Latin America
The Latin America Group is led by Inés Katzenstein, Director of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America and Curator of Latin American Art in the Department of Drawings and Prints, together with C-MAP Fellow for Latin America and the Caribbean Iberia Pérez González. After an initial focus on abstraction in Latin America, and Brazil in particular, the group examined the cross-pollination between literary and artistic scenes in Chile and Peru. More recently, the group spent a year researching Colombian modern and contemporary artistic practices, followed by an extended focus on the visual and performative practices of the Caribbean and its diasporas, and its contested art-historical narratives and curatorial strategies. Current transitioning into the Cisneros Institute, the group is critically exploring recent shifts and dislocations in aesthetic values, languages, and curatorial narratives that are recasting discourses around Latin American art. Future sessions will attempt to thematize and define how these shifts intersect or resonate with broader contemporary art debates.
In 2016 a fourth research group was initiated to support interest across the Museum’s departments in art in the context of Africa. The group began with a focus on African modern art and a survey of works by African artists in MoMA’s collection. While continuing to pursue this line of study, forthcoming sessions will also address the history of photography on the continent and topics that coincide with areas of curatorial research and the concentrations of other C-MAP groups. The group is directed by the interests of its curatorial members, coordinated by the International Program and its Associate Director, Sarah Lookofsky, and supported with a grant from The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.
Inaugural C-MAP Counselors and Former C-MAP Fellows
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.
Former Andrew W. Mellon C-MAP Fellows are Zanna Gilbert, Miki Kaneda, Yu-Chieh Li, and Magdalena Moskalewicz. Former fellows between 2013 and 2016 are C-MAP Fellow for Asia Rattanamol Singh Johal; C-MAP Fellow for Central and Eastern Europe Ksenia Nouril; and C-MAP Fellow for Latin America Jerónimo Duarte Riascos.
post is designed as a participatory platform. Upon creating a user ID, anyone can post comments, texts, images, and videos throughout the site. To get started, click on the "SIGN UP" tab. To join the conversation, click on the "DISCUSS" button that appears throughout the website. Select “FOLLOW” to the right of each content page to receive updates when new materials are added that relate to your interests. To unfollow, simply deselect the same box.Submissions post encourages research into a broadly considered global art history, and welcomes proposals from scholars on a range of topics related to modern and contemporary art, including art from the specific geographic regions thematized on the site (Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Americas). Cross-geographic proposals are also encouraged. Submissions that fall within a current area of research for one of the C-MAP groups will be prioritized; please review the areas of current focus listed above under “C-MAP.”
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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.
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