galas

Deborah Kass Would Like to Thank the Academy

Deborah Kass at the NYFA Hall of Fame Benefit, Photo courtesy NYFA/BFA

Last night, in a gala celebration at Tribeca Rooftop, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) honored the Ford Foundation, along with three NYFA grantees—writer Terry McMillan, dancer and choreographer Dwight Rhoden and Deborah Kass, the visual artist best known for her queer and feminist-inflected appropriations of works by Andy Warhol. For anyone interested in Ms. Kass’s artistic development, a highlight of the evening was her acceptance speech, particularly the second half of that speech, her thank yous, which she prefaced by saying, “Since this is as close as I’m ever going to get to an Oscar, I would love to take the opportunity to say thanks. So you have to bear with me. I don’t want the music coming on.” Read More

human resources

MoMA Names Darby English Consulting Curator

English. (Courtesy MoMA)

Darby English, the director of the research and academic program at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., has been tapped by the Museum of Modern Art to be a consulting curator, focusing on American and European art with a particular emphasis on the work of black artists. He will continue in his role at the Clark Art Institute. Read More

armory week 2014

MoMA Offers a Sugar Rush as Blood Orange, Jamie xx Play the Armory Party

Jamie xx. (Courtesy Getty Images)

Normal Red Bull, sugar-free Red Bull, even Red Bull Total Zero: these were the drinks that greeted arrivals to last night’s Armory Party at the Museum of Modern Art, proffered by waiters standing in formation like the caterers at a fashionably late-night funeral. Never before has a fête been so upfront about—and accommodating of—its guests’ extreme exhaustion.  Read More

artists

On Your Marx: Isaac Julien on His Shows at Metro Pictures, MoMA

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Last Tuesday night, as the Museum of Modern Art’s glitzy annual film benefit was starting up on 53rd Street, British artist Isaac Julien was in Chelsea, dressed to the nines, pacing the floor of Metro Pictures gallery. The benefit was in honor of his longtime friend and artistic collaborator Tilda Swinton, but he wasn’t ready to leave—last-minute edits to his exhibition kept him striding everywhere but the door. Read More

Museums

Now Hear This: For 42 Years, Barbara London Has Been Making Noise at MoMA

'Mass Black Implosion (Shaar, Iannis Xenakis),'
2012. (Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery)

Back in June, longtime Museum of Modern Art curator Barbara London, who has unruly blond hair and a penchant for chunky necklaces, sat down for a meeting with the museum’s security team. The topic at hand was how to safely install 16 speakers and two subwoofers so that the museum would be able to properly play underwater insect noises and ultrasonic echolocation calls of bats recorded by Norwegian artist Jana Winderen. Such sounds are, technically speaking, beyond the range of human hearing, but Ms. Winderen has slowed them down to about a tenth of their speed so that they become audible as fierce, sharp chirps. With the speakers arrayed around the floor and ceiling of the dark gallery, the effect on the listener is of being inside an otherworldly cave. Read More

Readings

Dan Colen to Read Poetry in MoMA’s Richard Serra Room

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While the Museum of Modern Art has not publicized the names of the various poets participating in its “Transform the World! Poetry Must Be Made by All!” event on Saturday, Fulton Ryder just announced its own plans for the afternoon. Wander through the fourth-floor painting and sculpture galleries from 3 to 4 p.m. and you’ll find Dan Colen in the Richard Serra room reading from his recent art book, A Real Bronx Cheer (2012).  Read More