Art in Our Time: A Chronicle of the Museum of Modern Art
In the late 1920s, conservative policies were the norm among traditional museums--that is, until three progressive patrons of the arts decided to establish an institution devoted exclusively to modern art. When The Museum of Modern Art was founded in 1929, its first director, Alfred H. Barr, Jr., dedicated it to helping people understand and enjoy the new visual arts of the time; his hope was that this new institution would offer New York "perhaps the greatest museum of modern art in the world." The public responded with enthusiasm--and has continued to do so over the history of the Museum's extraordinary development. Published on the occasion of the Museum's 75th birthday and the opening of its new building, "Art in Our Time: A History of The Museum of Modern Art is a picture book of historical photographs and archival documents, many of which have never before been published. Included are images of the various Museum buildings and gardens, from its original home in the Heckscher Building on 57th Street, to its present location in Yoshio Taniguchi's complex on 53rd Street; major exhibitions and important events at the Museum; and photographs of curatorial staff and Museum officials whose discerning policies helped shape our understanding of modern art. Documents include excerpts from letters, invitations, and other archival materials that tell the story of The Museum of Modern Art from its beginnings to the present.
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Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Abstract Art Agnes Gund Alfred Barr Alfred H American Art Anniversary architect Architecture and Design Arthur Drexler artists Bauhaus Brochure Catalogue Chief Curator contemporary art Courtesy Timothy Curator of Architecture Curator of Painting curatorial Dada David Rockefeller Department of Film Digital image courtesy Dorothy drawings exhibition gallery gift graph Henri Matisse installation view James Thrall Soby John Elderfield John Szarkowski Junior Council Kate Keller Kirk Varnedoe Lauder Left to right Lillie Lowry Modem Art Modern Art MoMA Archives Monroe Wheeler Museum Collection Museum of Modern Museum Press Release Museum's new building named Director Nelson October Oldenburg opening Pablo Picasso Painting and Sculpture Patrick McMullan Philip Johnson Photograph by Kate Photograph by Soichi Photograph by Star PI Event Photos President prints Program Rene d'Harnoncourt Retrospective Rights Society Robert Rockefeller 3rd Rohe seum Soichi Sunami staff Star Black Timothy Greenfield-Sanders tion tograph Trustees William