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Stay vigilant.
“Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts” opens October 21 in two parts, just two subway stops apart, at MoMA and @MoMAPS1. Members see it first at both locations on October 17. #BruceNauman

[Image details: Bruce Nauman. "Pay Attention." 1973. Lithograph. Collection Robin Wright and Ian Reeves. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: "Pay Attention," © 1973 Bruce Nauman and Gemini G.E.L.]

Look up! Rachel Whiteread’s “Water Tower” is on view on the roof of the Museum overlooking #MoMAGarden. Inspired by NYC’s ubiquitous water towers, Whireread says, “They’re just something no one really took much notice of. Something that I often do is try to give those places and spaces that have never really had a place in the world some sort of authority, some sort of voice...I wanted to make a jewel on the skyline of Manhattan.”
Explore this work and more ways artists represent place and take inspiration from their environment in “Modern Art & Ideas,” our free online course on @coursera:

[Details: #RachelWhiteread. “Water Tower.” 1998. Translucent resin and painted steel. Gift of the Freedman Family in memory of Doris C. and Alan J. Freedman. © 2018 Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Matthew Suib] #MoMACollection

Museum visitors can experience how dance was redefined in the 1960s firsthand with free workshops based on #SimoneForti’s Dance Constructions, key forerunners to Judson Dance Theater. Meet #MoMALearning in the Garden Lobby throughout the course of the #JudsonDance exhibition to learn the simple, everyday movements and improvisations that make up these works, and form a live sculpture with other dancers. Our next workshop is on Tuesday, September 25. Visit for schedule and sign up information.

[Dance Constructions Workshop, September 19, 2018, The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Julieta Cervantes. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York]

Modern Mondays are back for a new season exploring cinematic innovation and experimentation. Join #MoMAFilm for intimate conversations with emerging artists and pioneering figures who have changed the way we think about the moving image.
Chinese artist Xu Bing kicks off the season on September 24 discussing how he challenges the meaning of language with groundbreaking installations like “Book From the Sky” (1987). Explore the full schedule featuring a work-in-progress premiere with Academy Award–winning visual effects and animation artist Phil Tippett (“Star Wars,” “Starship Troopers”), the transnational narratives of Kuwaiti moving-image artist Monira Al Qadiri, and imaginative new work from Shambhavi Kaul at
[Images: Xu Bing. “Book from the Sky.” 1987–91. Mixed media installation/hand-printed books and scrolls printed from blocks inscribed with “false” Chinese characters. Installation view at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2014. © Xu Bing Studio]

"My art is the way I reestablish the bonds that unite me to the universe." –#AnaMendieta
With striking simplicity, “Nile Born” (1984) speaks to Mendieta’s exploration of self, place, belonging, and alienation, while embodying the communion of a female figure and the land. Born in Cuba, Mendieta was separated from her family at age twelve and exiled to the United States. Like other works in her Silueta series, “Nile Born” is earthbound—a wooden silhouette covered in sand—and subject to the elements and the fragility of the organic materials it is made from. It is one of the last Siluetas she made before her death in 1985, and the title refers to Cuba's African heritage. #MoMACollection #CitizensBorders #HispanicHeritageMonth
[Pictured with works by William Kentridge and Agnes Denes in this summer’s #GundStudioVisit exhibition. Details: Sand and binder on wood. Gift of Agnes Gund. © 2018 Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection. Photo: Denis Doorly]

What everyday objects do you carry with you or keep close by? Why? What do these objects say about who you are?

In our newly expanded online course "Modern Art & Ideas" we take a closer look at everyday objects and how artists transform them, challenging assumptions about what constitutes art and how it should be made. Join our community of learners exploring creative acts of invention like Louise Nevelson’s “Sky Cathedral” (1958)—a sculpture with the graphic quality of a painting made of stacked boxes filled with salvaged pieces of wood. Enroll on @coursera at #MoMALearning

[Arwork details: Painted wood. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Mildwoff. © 2018 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

The earliest Brancusi “Endless Column” in existence is now on view in #BrancusiMoMA. One of Brancusi’s favorite designs, its repetitive sequence of shapes—a quality it shares with both Romanian folk art and African art—suggests the possibility of infinite expansion. The sculptor’s last version of the work was made of steel and erected in Tîrgu-Jiu, Romania in 1937, soaring to more than ninety-eight feet into the air.

[Constantin Brancusi. “Endless Column.” version I, 1918. Oak. Gift of Mary Sisler. © Succession Brancusi - All rights reserved (ARS) 2018. Photo: Denis Doorly]

Yvonne Rainer's creative experimentation with movement kicks off our series of live performances and iconic films exploring the artists of Judson Dance Theater. Join us in our Marron Atrium on September 16, 17, 19, 20, and 22 at 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. for performances of works from Rainer's time at Judson and beyond—free with Museum admission. Visit the #JudsonDance galleries to take a closer look at the working process of dance making, learning, and rehearsing.
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[Credit: #YvonneRainer, “Trio A” (1966), performed in 1978. Video by Sally Banes. Performer: Yvonne Rainer. 16mm transferred to video (black and white). © Yvonne Rainer. The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles]

Experience what was described in 1962 as "the most exciting new dance in a generation" with “Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done,” open to the public this Sunday thanks to the generous support of @HyundaiCard!
Through February 3, our galleries trace the history of the multidisciplinary artists who gathered in downtown New York’s Judson Memorial Church for a series of workshops that ultimately redefined dance. Join us for ongoing live performances, iconic films, and immersive workshops featuring dance visionaries #YvonneRainer, #SimoneForti’s Dance Constructions, #DeborahHay, #DavidGordon, #LucindaChilds, #StevePaxton, #TrishaBrown, #MovementResearch, and more! Full schedule at #JudsonDance

Take a closer look at Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia, in #ConcreteUtopia. The massive reconstruction effort following a devastating earthquake in 1963 brought together architectural plans from Greece, Japan, and local architects. Their expressive use of concrete became a hallmark of the reconstruction and jumpstarted the spread of #brutalism throughout the country.
↖️ Check out our Instagram Story for more views inside our exhibition chronicling the remarkable work that emerged when Yugoslavia set out to create a distinct architectural identity.

In his 1944 exhibition “Are Clothes Modern?” curator Bernard Rudofsky critiqued the exaggerated, unrealistic silhouettes of women’s clothing and the excessive layers and pockets of men’s clothing. Choose a contemporary garment—from your closet or the runways of #NYFW. If you were to redesign this item, what changes would you make to its silhouette? What would you retain? Tell us why in the comments below!

Our investigation of the history, development, and impact of the most universal and intimate of design objects—the clothes we wear—continues in our free online course #FashionasDesign. Head #BacktoSchool, and enroll at

Repost @nytimes: #SpeakingInDance | “I was very interested in finding the most bombastic piece of music that was around,” said the choreographer #YvonneRainer, whose 1963 dance “We Shall Run” is set to Berlioz’s Requiem (1837). “There's cannons going off, you know?” The dancers start the piece by standing still for 5 minutes. “And then all they do is run,” Yvonne said. “I thought that was just a fantastic, radical juxtaposition. I still find it very beautiful.” As part of the exhibition “Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done,” opening at the @themuseumofmodernart on September 16, “We Shall Run” will be performed in the museum's atrium until September 22. Judson, an experimental collective made up of dancers, choreographers, visual artists, composers and filmmakers, changed the course of dance by, among other things, stripping away virtuosity and expressiveness and embracing ordinary movement — like running. The exhibition will feature performances by other founding #JudsonDance members in the coming months, but Yvonne kicks it off with 7 classics. “These are the 7 survivors from the '60s,” she told the @nytimes writer @giadk. “And here they are together for the first time.” @gwbitz made this video for #SpeakingInDance, our weekly series exploring the world of #dance.

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