What a time to be alive, to be able to view the great artists of yesteryear of Modern Art and new and upcoming talented artists of this era, all in one establishment. The Museum of Modern Art exhibits collections from the likes of Jackson Pollock, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein, Dali, Cezanne, Magritte, Vincent Van Gogh, Seurat, Matisse and Monet just to name a few. Your trip to New York City would not be complete, if you did not take a trip to MoMA.
MoMA promotes and exhibits collections of modern and contemporary art, which includes different mediums from electronic media, film, prints, photography, sculpture, painting, drawing and design. MoMA came about when in 1929, three women named Abby Rockefeller, Lillie P. Bliss and Mary Quinn Sullivan rented parts of the Heckscher Building at 730 Fifth Avenue for exhibits, one of them having only 8 prints and 1 drawing. Since then, the museum has gained international prominence by acquiring famous and talented artists of the Modern Art world and expanding their galleries in 1997 with Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi with Kohn Pedersen Fox, costing approximately $900 million US Dollars.
MoMA today has expanded into Long Island City. The main MoMA is located in Midtown, 11 West 53 Street, NY. The other MoMA, called MoMA PS1 is located in 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City. The cost of entry and operating hours for each museum, are available below.
Nowadays, where it is a blur if you’re prohibited from taking pictures at art exhibits, MoMA allows their visitors to take all the pictures you want without limitations. Well, from my visit anyway. If you’re usually stopped from taking pictures in a gallery, it’s due to copyright or the concern it may be used for commercial purposes. Though, they may be selling the exact same image you wanted to picture, printed on a shirt in their gift-shop.
Other facilities you may find in MoMA are a coat-room, comfort-rooms on each floor, gift shop, and 3 dining options to fit in your price range. So, all you’ll need for your day in MoMA is yourself and some cash for entrance fee and food and you’re set.
To the entrance
Vincent Van Gogh
On the day I spent at MoMA, I mostly appreciated the Collection Galleries, as it had the most familiar paintings from all the well-known Modern artists. Call me unacquainted and uncouth, but I am a child of the pop-art. Other temporary exhibits included: Items: Is Fashion Modern? Exploring the history, relationship and function of clothing we use daily and Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait. An artist from the 1940’s utilising different forms of medium, and evolving her approach to creation. There is a lot to take in, so take your time and appreciate the beauty, be still and remember the moment, amongst everyone else.