Tag Archives: MoMA

Water Tower

IMG_4501.jpgWater Tower // Rachel Whiteread // 1998 // translucent resin & painted steel

When walking around NYC it is easy to spot numerous water towers resting on the atop buildings. It comes as no surprise then for artists to gain inspiration from these iconic New York City objects. British artist Rachel Whiteread did just that in her first public work in the US. Known for her casts in resin and plaster of everyday objects,  Whiteread chose to create a resin constructed water tower for MoMA. Located on the roof, Whiteread’s work is only visible to people who look up whilst sitting in MoMA’s garden. By using resin, a clear substance, the “Water Tower’s” appearance changes to reflect the sky and the buildings that surround it.

MoMA Sculpture Garden

IMG_4442.jpgRose II // Isa Genzken // 2007 // stainless steel, aluminum & lacquer

Looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of New York but don’t want to leave the city? Look no further. The sculpture garden at MoMA is the place for you. With calming, trickling water running through the center garden and benches scattered about, the setting encourages you to sit, relax and contemplate the numerous sculptures that fill the space. You can see a towering pink rose by Isa Genzken, a sculpture of a man falling into the water by Aristide Maillol and a brightly colored minimalist work by Ellsworth Kelly to name a few.

img_4447Midday // Anthony Caro // 1960 // painted steel

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 The River // Aristide Maillol // begun 1938-1939, completed 1943 // Lead

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Green Blue // Ellsworth Kelly // 1968 // painted aluminum

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Cubi X // David Smith // 1963 // stainless steel

Cows

img_4465Cow Wallpaper // Andy Warhol // Screenprint on paper // reprinted for The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2006, Printer: Screen Reproduction, Inc., Carlstadt, New Jersey

At MoMA? Make sure you mooooove towards the Education Building to see Andy Warhol’s “Cow Wallpaper.” Covering an entire wall are purple cows against a lime green background, the style used in his silkscreen works. Originally showcased in 1996 at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City, this work has found its home just 24 blocks away at the Museum of Modern Art.

img_4466Cow Wallpaper // Andy Warhol // Screenprint on paper // reprinted for The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2006, Printer: Screen Reproduction, Inc., Carlstadt, New Jersey

The Mapping Journey Project

img_4433The Mapping Journey Project // Bouchra Khalili

Eight projector screens are scattered throughout the space at MoMA. Each screen shows hands drawing lines on maps. The screens are The Mapping Journey Project by Bouchra Khalili. The eight screens show the journeys by eight individuals who were forced to leave their home for various reasons, be that political or economical. Watchers are able to hear the individual’s voice and see their hands trace their journey with pen on a map, however they are denied seeing the travelers.

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Lovers

IMG_4431Lovers // Teiji Furuhashi // 1994 // Interactive installation, five-channel video (color, sound), 35mm black-and-white slides, custom software, stepper motors, ultrasonic sensor, metal tower

Walking into Teiji Furuhashi’s immersive installation Lovers, I did not know what to expect. I read the wall label. I knew it was the first time this work had been shown since its 1995 acquisition by MoMA. I cautiously entered the darkened room and waited. Nothing happened for what seemed like a long time, but was probably only thirty seconds to a minute. Then I caught something in the corner of my eye. It was a nude figure walking. As I followed the figure walking, I saw another. And another. They weren’t the same person. They didn’t interact. They didn’t even acknowledge each other. They just kept walking until they faded into the darkness. When visitors enter the room, they activate a sensor which prompts the figures to begin to walk. Teiji Furuhashi was part of the Dumb Type, an art group in Japan and the figures in Lovers are other members of this collective.

One Ton Prop (House of Gram Crackers)

IMG_9914As I was trying to think of works of art I could recreate using food, Richard Serra’s One Ton Prop (House of Cards) came to mind. Serra, a minimalist sculptor, creates this work using lead antimony and four plates. The plates are not attached to one another. Instead, they all lean on each other, similar to a house of cards. When I decided to try to make this work out of gram crackers, I thought it would take 5 minutes. It seemed quite simple. However, after thirty minutes I was growing frustrated. Every time I had three of the crackers leaning, I would place the fourth, only to see all of them fall over…again. Finally, by some miracle, they all leaned long enough for me to take a photo. Needless to say, I have a newfound respect for Richard Sera.

Check out One Ton Prop (House of Cards) on the MoMA website to compare Richard Serra’s work to my House of Gram Crackers.

http://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/richard-serra-one-ton-prop-house-of-cards-1969-refabricated-1986

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