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All the MoMA departments join to narrate the revolutionary ’60s

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FROM THE COLLECTION: 1960–1969
On view from March 26, 2016, to March 12, 2017
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Text and images courtesy of MoMA

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FROM THE COLLECTION: 1960–1969 brings together works from all areas of MoMA’s collection for a Multifaced look at a decade of artistic experimentation

With From the Collection: 1960–1969, The Museum of Modern Art reinstalls its fourth-floor collection galleries with works from all six of its curatorial departments, along with work from the MoMA Library and archives collection.
On view from March 26, 2016, to March 12, 2017, the presentation is organized through the lens of the 1960s, when interdisciplinary artistic experimentation flourished and traditional mediums were radically transformed. Artistic change paralleled sociopolitical upheaval around the globe, and these seismic shifts reach to the present moment.

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The galleries feature works across mediums, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architecture, design objects, videos, films, and archival materials. The presentation will undergo periodic reinstallations over the course of the year, reflecting the depth and richness of the Museum’s collection and the view that there are countless ways to explore the history of modern art.

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From the top: Installation views of From the Collection: 1960–1969. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 26, 2016–March 12, 2017. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck 

The installation includes a range of works from the 1960s, including a Jaguar E-Type Roadster (1961), a selection from Bela Kolárová’s photographic body of work Radiogram of Circle (1962–63), Nam June Paik’s Zen for TV (1963), James Rosenquist’s F-111 (1964–65), Jo Baer’s Primary Light Group: Red, Green, Blue (1964-65), Robert Smithson’s drawing A Heap of Language (1966), Bonnie Maclean’s poster for the Yardbirds and the Doors (1967), Eva Hesse’s Repetition Nineteen (1968), a group of works related to Superstudio’s The Continuous Monument: New York Extrusion Project, New York, New York (1969), and Nalini Malani’s film Dream Houses (1969), among many others.

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Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911–2002). Malitte Lounge Furniture. 1966. Wool and polyurethane foam.The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Knoll International. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 

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Installation view of From the Collection: 1960–1969. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 26, 2016–March 12, 2017. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo:  Martin Seck

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Pierre Paulin (French, 1927–2009). Tongue Chair (model 577).1967. Wool fabric, latex foam on tubular steel frame, each: 25 1/4 x 33 1/2″ (64.1 x 85.1 cm), seat h. 14″ (35.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Artifort and the Suzanne Slesin Purchase Fund. © 2016 Pierre Paulin.

Each gallery is dedicated to works from a single year, and the galleries proceed in chronological order. This approach provides a framework for displaying a wide-ranging selection of objects from the Museum’s collection, offering visitors a rare opportunity to see an automobile in proximity to an oil painting, an etching juxtaposed with an architectural model, or a film alongside a sculpture. The organizational principles vary throughout: some galleries explore the potential of unexpected connections across mediums and genres while others gather works that are similar in materials or function.

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Nam June Paik (American, born Korea. 1932–2006). Zen for TV. 1963. Altered television set, overall: 22 13/16 x 16 15/16 x 14 3/16″ (58 x 43 x 36 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift. © 2016 Nam June Paik 

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Installation view of From the Collection: 1960–1969. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 26, 2016–March 12, 2017. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo:  Martin Seck 

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Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, born 1929). Accumulation No. 1. 1962. Sewn stuffed fabric, paint, and chair fringe, 37 x 39 x 43″ (94 x 99.1 x 109.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2016 Yayoi Kusama.

This presentation is organized by Martino Stierli, Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, and Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, and:
Luke Baker, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design
Starr Figura, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints
Michelle Millar Fisher, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design
Samantha Friedman, Assistant Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints
Laura Hoptman, Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture
Ana Janevksi, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art
Juliet Kinchin, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design
Thomas J. Lax, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art
Cara Manes, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture
Sarah Meister, Curator, Department of Photography
David Platzker, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints
Paulina Pobocha, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture
Yasmil Raymond, Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture
Katerina Stathopoulou, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photography
Sarah Suzuki, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints

All images courtesy of MoMA.


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