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One work, Many Voices: On view in MoMA’s Reinstalled Galleries

On the occasion of the reopening of the Museum of Modern Art, post asked scholars, MoMA curators and staff to select one work from the Collection on view in the new installation, which relates to art histories outside the United States and Western Europe. Each text reflects on the artwork’s historical context, particularities, legacies, and its adjacencies to other works in the galleries and...

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Eugenio Dittborn: From the 1970s to the Present

Renowned Chilean art critic, Adriana Valdés, visited MoMA to talk about the works of Eugenio Dittborn. During her visit, she not only thoroughly discussed the importance and semantic weight of...
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Maris Bustamante’s El pene como instrumento de trabajo (1982): A Pivotal Gesture

Created in 1982 by the Mexican conceptual artist Maris Bustamante, El pene como instrumento de trabajo/para quitarle a Freud lo macho (The Penis as a Work Instrument)/To Get Rid of the Macho in...
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“The Studio Is Myself”: Interview with Geta Brătescu

Speaking with Christophe Cherix, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Chief Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books, Geta Brătescu shares her understanding of drawing and speaks of the importance of...
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Gego's Stream No. 7

Gego (1912–1994, Gertrud Goldschmidt), arguably the most influential Venezuelan artist of the twentieth century, was the critical counter-figure of Venezuelan Kineticism. In this essay, curator...
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Magdalena Abakanowicz's "Magical Things" at The Museum of Modern Art

In this essay, Tamar Margalit, Curatorial Assistant in Painting & Sculpture at MoMA, considers two works by the Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz in the museum's collection. Yellow Abakan ...
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Xu Bing’s "Series of Repetitions"

In 1975, near the end of the Cultural Revolution in China, artist Xu Bing relocated to the countryside for two years. The 1987-8 woodcuts in MoMA's collection reflect this pastoral atmosphere...
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The Unhappy Ambiguity of Clemente Padín: Politics and Polysemy in Latin American Mail Art

In this essay, Michaëla de Lacaze engages in a close reading of Happy Bicentennial (1976), one of the most radical pieces of mail art created by artist and poet Clemente Padín during the Uruguayan...
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Ewa Partum as a Cultural Producer

In this essay, Karolina Majewska-Güde explores the history of Galeria Adres, which the feminist Polish artist Ewa Partum launched in Łódź in 1972. Through unrivaled access and meticulous attention...
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Seeing Sheela Gowda’s “of all people” in Bangalore

Cara Manes participates in MoMA’s C-MAP Asia group research trip to India and Bangladesh in January 2018. Of the many new and elucidating experiences she had while abroad, she found her time spent...
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"Kingelez Visionnaire"

The sculptures of Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez (1948-2015) offer a vision of a future modernity that is beautiful, harmonious, and functional. This essay traces the artist's career from...
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History in the Making, But Who’s Counting? A Critical Analysis of Dialogue (对话) by Xiao Lu (肖鲁)

Following the opening event in which Xiao Lu's shot at her own installation, Dialogue (1989), which caused the exhibition at the National Art Gallery in Beijing to close, the work has...
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Marianne Brandt’s Bauhaus Timepiece

Marianne Brandt was the only woman to receive her degree in metal at the Bauhaus. Elizabeth Otto here focuses on Brandt's iconic table clock and unpacks the legendary design aesthetic that she...
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The Two in the One: Cecilia Vicuña’s Pantera Negra y Yo (ii) (Black Panther and Me [ii])

Composed of multiple bodies and body parts, human and animal, Cecilia Vicuña’s Pantera Negra y Yo (Black Panther and Me) is not just a painting. It doubles a painting that was destroyed and then...
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Conversation: Zofia Kulik with David Senior

A major new publication, Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe: A Critical Anthology, presents key voices of this period that have been reevaluating the significance of the...
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Part 2: Ewa Partum in Conversation with Ana Janevski

This is the second part of a video interview between artist Ewa Partum and Ana Janevski, Associate Curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art. It was recorded on the C-MAP Central and...
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Part 1: Ewa Partum in Conversation with Ana Janevski

In this video interview recorded on the C-MAP Central and Eastern European research trip to Berlin in June 2016, artist Ewa Partum speaks with Ana Janevski, Associate Curator in the Department of...
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Book Washer, Shaman, and Bug Keeper: A Conversation with Huang Yong Ping, Part II

“Because I am alive, I work,” says Huang Yong Ping, who has not stopped challenging the notion of art since 1986, when he and some fellow artists, who made up what is now known as the "Xiamen Dada...
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Huang Yong Ping on His Autobiographical Long Scroll in MoMA's Collection

Huang Yong Ping talks about how the exhibition Magiciens de la terre (1989) in Paris changed his artistic practices and life trajectory in this conversation with Sarah Suzuki, Associate Curator of...
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Interview with Shiomi Mieko

On October 28, 2011, Shiomi Mieko, artist, composer, and Fluxus member, graciously welcomed C-MAP members into her home in a quiet residential neighborhood in Minoo, Osaka. Michelle Elligott...
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A Decade in Art: Dora Maurer in the 1970s

Since completing her studies in printmaking in Budapest in the late 1950s, Dora Maurer has emerged as one of Eastern Europe’s most rigorously experimental artists of the past fifty years. Her work...
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Geta Brătescu’s Portfolio

Geta Brătescu, whose career began in the 1960s and continues until today, is a pivotal figure in the history of post-war Romanian art. Working under the repressive political regime of Nicolae...