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Visitors to the Museum will be charged $24 while the Memorial will remain free. Read More
Of late, pundits have alternatively lamented and celebrated diminishing funding and student enthusiasm for the arts and humanities at the nation’s schools. If only the Chinese-born artist Wen-Ying Tsai, who died in January, were here to advise these two camps—which often seem at intractable odds—as to the entirely possible marriage of their views.
Mr. Tsai, who trained in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, later applied his technical skills to creating motorized, ultra-modern sculptures, which showed at the Museum of Modern Art and Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. He also helped to establish the Tsai Art and Science Foundation, which promotes artists and scientists whose work illustrates the intersection and interdependence of the two disciplines. Now Mr. Tsai’s longtime home at 7 East 19th Street has passed from his family’s hands, according to city records—for the tidy sum of $12 million. Perhaps some portion of the proceeds will go toward mediation for those warring factions?
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Back in June, longtime Museum of Modern Art curator Barbara London, who has unruly blond hair and a penchant for chunky necklaces, sat down for a meeting with the museum’s security team. The topic at hand was how to safely install 16 speakers and two subwoofers so that the museum would be able to properly play underwater insect noises and ultrasonic echolocation calls of bats recorded by Norwegian artist Jana Winderen. Such sounds are, technically speaking, beyond the range of human hearing, but Ms. Winderen has slowed them down to about a tenth of their speed so that they become audible as fierce, sharp chirps. With the speakers arrayed around the floor and ceiling of the dark gallery, the effect on the listener is of being inside an otherworldly cave.
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Uniqlo, the Gap-like Japanese retailer that is a fashionista fave due to its collaborations with cult labels like Michael Bastian and Suno, is getting into the museum scene, launching a free Friday night sponsorship at the Museum of Modern Art. Tonight, the first 1,000 visitors to the museum will receive a free Uniqlo tote bag. Read More
We’re not finished with Oscar season just yet! The Museum of Modern Art’s “Contenders” series, which defines every one of the year’s major films as modern art, from ParaNorman (Best Animated Film?) to The Dark Knight Rises (Best Supporting Performance by a Villain’s Mask?) will be running throughout the season. We’re dropping in this Thanksgiving Read More
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Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, at MOMA on Tuesday with bandmates Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham, son of the band’s late original drummer John, for a press conference to promote their new concert film, “Celebration Day,” entered the journalist-packed auditorium singing, “treat me like a fool…” He was clearly in a festive mood.
That mood would not last.
Ever since the 2007 concert featured in the film, a tribute to the late Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun at London’s O2 Arena, the band has said in countless interviews that they would never reunite again, largely due to Mr. Plant’s desire to focus on other projects and just generally move on. But that didn’t stop the assembled fourth estate from harping on the reunion talk, to the band’s growing annoyance.
We’re not ready to throw in the towel on the moviegoing just yet, but we’ll admit we’re ready for a break from the heavier fare. Today we’re dropping by the Museum of Modern Art for a Bond double-header, with screenings of Diamonds Are Forever (Sean Connery, kind of campy, Jill St. John as the girl, Read More
Language precedes us, the structuralist theorists said, and that goes for everyone, not just writers. Enter “Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language,” an ambitious new group exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art that shows 44 artists from the past 100 years taking on letters, punctuation marks, chunks of written language and numbers too, and twisting, expanding and generally transforming them in all sorts of illuminating ways.
Here’s an unfamiliar scene from the front entrance of the Museum of Modern Art last Friday: a shady looking bald man was saying, “You got any extra tickets?” sounding more like he was trying to score meth; directly next to him, a sulking man with a large frame tucked into a baggy hooded sweatshirt shouted, “Tickets! Tickets! Tickets!”
The Museum of Modern Art announced today that it is raising the price of its adult admission from $20 to $25, effective Sept. 1.
MoMA’s increase matches the hike that the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced earlier this year.