new york : museum : moma : part 1

with an impending trip to boston and new york in august, i've begun researching all the activities that i plan to squeeze in to the time i have. i thought a good way to encourage myself to do this thoroughly would be to post regular entries on each of the attractions.

i'll begin with one i visited before on my last trip, to ease myself in : MOMA.

MOMA was founded by three women: Miss Lillie Bliss, Mrs Cornelius Sullivan and Mrs John Rockefeller, in 1929. These women felt ' a need to challenge the conservative policies of traditional museums and to establish an institution devoted exclusively to modern art.' The first director was Alfred H. Barr Jr, and it changed premises three times in its first ten years, due to the need for more space, before finally settling at its current location in midtown Manhattan. It recently underwent massive renovation, with the design of the architect Yoshio Taniguchi, and the new MoMA features 630,000 square feet of new and redesigned space.

Some highlights of the museum's permanent collection that i'm looking forward to seeing:

Frank Lloyd Wright, Clerestory Windows from Avery Coonley Playhouse, Riverside, Illinois. (1912).

William de Kooning, Seated Women (1952).

Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles D'Avignon (1907).

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Street, Dresden. (1908).

Henri Matisse, The Red Studio (1911).

Umberto Boccioni, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913).

Piet Mondrian, Broadway Boogie Woogie (1942-43).

Mark Rothko, No3/No13 (1949).

Jackson Pollock, One/Number 31 (1950).

Robert Rauschenberg, Bed (1955).

James Rosenquist, F111 (1964-65).

i think this post has become long enough. a part 2 will follow.