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


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


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


Voice Over: Trisha Donnelly on Her ‘Artist’s Choice’ Show at MoMA

'Barn Swallow, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, July 9, 1974 (Hirundo rustica
erythrogaster)' (1974) by Eliot Porter. (Courtesy Museum of Modern Art)

“It actually makes me nervous to stand up to speak about it, because I still go and look at these things way too frequently,” the artist Trisha Donnelly said at the start of her talk at MoMA on Monday night. She was discussing the works in the show that she has organized for the “Artist’s Choice” series, which invites artists to curate from the museum’s collection. Her show, in galleries on the fourth and fifth floors, is on view for three more weeks.

As an artist, Ms. Donnelly throws curveballs. Most famously, she arrived at one of her crowded openings on horseback, reciting a mysterious speech. At MoMA on Monday, she asked for the lights to be turned off in the sold-out theater. She wanted to play some music that had influenced the show. Read More

The Clock

Christian Marclay’s ‘Clock’ Arrives at MoMA: a Primer

Detail of Christian's  Marclay 'The Clock,' 2010. (© Christian Marclay. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York)

This morning, the Museum of Modern Art hosted a press preview for its presentation of Christian Marclay’s 24-hour film, The Clock (2010), which goes on view in a theater built in the museum’s contemporary galleries tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 21. It runs through Jan. 21. Before the film went on view this morning, MoMA’s director, Glenn Lowry, discussed the work with Mr. Marclay in front of a packed house of writers in the museum’s atrium. Read More