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“That climax when the brain acknowledges the world,
all values extended into the blood awake.
Moment of proof. And as they say Brancusi did,
building his bird to extend through soaring air,
as Kafka planned stories that draw to eternity
through time extended. And the climax strikes.”
–From Muriel Rukeyser’s poem “Reading Time: 1 Minute 26 Seconds” (1939)
Constantin Brancusi’s “Bird in Space” (1928), now on view in #BrancusiMoMA, is our assistant director of international funding, Sylvia’s pick for a #MoMACollection artwork that embodies the world she wants to live in. What’s yours? See more MoMA staff picks inspired by our current exhibitions #KingelezCityDreams and #ConcreteUtopia’s exploration of utopia at #MoMApicks

[Artwork details: Constantin Brancusi. “Bird in Space.” 1928. Bronze. Given anonymously. © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Denis Doorly]

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“...she was able to take this personal narrative of things that are happening to her—but she takes it and she manages to reflect it back into these much broader issues that are still relevant today.”
Tessa Ferreyros spent over four years working as a curatorial assistant on “Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965–2016.” During the final days of the exhibition she shared one of her favorite works, “Decide Who You Are #15: You Don't Want Me Here” (1992), with Museum visitors for #ArtSpeaks. Full gallery talk at
Relive our #AdrianPiper exhibition with the exhibition catalogue, now available at @MoMADesignStore:

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☀️ Summer mood: taking in #MoMAGarden enveloped in Franz West’s “Maya’s Dream”— one of nearly 20 outdoor sculptures on view in Peter Fischli’s #ArtistsChoice exhibition, “If Everything Is Sculpture Why Make Sculpture?”

[Artwork details: Franz West. “Maya's Dream.” 2006. Polyester. Scott Burton Fund. © 2018 Estate of Franz West. Photo: Carly Gaebe/Steadfast Studio]

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“I designed these projects as if they had been proposed by someone else—someone far removed from the trajectory of thought concerned with the city...the city has, up to now, only projected...the insane, sick, dangerous and aggressive idea that men must live only to work and must work to produce and then consume.” –Ettore Sottsass
What artwork embodies the world you want to live in? Andrew (@gardnerae), curatorial assistant in our Department of Architecture & Design, chose Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass’s fantastical, technological world designed for human pleasure. This month's staff picks are inspired by our current exhibitions #KingelezCityDreams and #ConcreteUtopia. Explore #MoMAcollection works that shape our visions of utopia at #MoMApicks

[Artwork details: Ettore Sottsass. “The Planet as Festival: Study for Rafts for Listening to Chamber Music, project (Perspective).” 1972–1973. Graphite on paper. Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation. © 2018 Ettore Sottsass]

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With their installation “Hide & Seek,” this year’s Young Architects Program winners, @DreamtheCombine, channel the energy of #WarmUp2018. Eight intersecting elements arrayed across the entirety of the @MoMAPS1 courtyard provide seating, shade, and cooling mist for tired dancers, while gimbaled mirrors offer dislocating views and surprising moments of discovery. You can experience it for yourself this summer, thanks to @BloombergDotOrg, lead supporter of the Young Architects Program since 2007. #YAP2018

Photos: Ryan Muir

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What #MoMACollection work embodies the world you want to live in? Seabrook, a sales associate in @MoMADesignStore, chose the “Airstream Bambi Travel Trailer” saying, “Envision a compact and self-sufficient habitat, a sanctuary of sorts, in which residents are free to live as they please. Then consider that this cozy haven has wheels, effectively a mobile ecosphere capable of exploration, adventure, and, most importantly, escape. There is no better example of a feasible contemporary utopia than that of the original 1960 Airstream.”
Inspired by our current exhibitions #KingelezCityDreams and #ConcreteUtopia, MoMA staff members mined our collection for artworks that shape their vision of utopia. See what they found at #MoMApicks

[Details: Airstream, Inc. Airstream Bambi Travel Trailer. 1960. Aluminum, steel, wood, upholstery. Manufacturer: Airstream, Inc. Gift of Airstream, Inc. © 2018 Airstream Inc.]

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🤖 Fernando Palma Rodríguez combines his training as an artist and mechanical engineer to create robotic sculptures in response to indigenous rights issues in Mexico. This coyote sculpture on view at @MoMAPS1—made from found objects and organic materials—ambles around the gallery before being reeled in by a mechanical device. A central figure in many indigenous cultures, the coyote is a notorious trickster and resurfaces throughout the artist's work. Learn more at

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A 1966 K67 Kiosk welcomes visitors to our #ConcreteUtopia exhibition. It was launched by Slovenian designer Saša J. Mächtig as a shape-shifting modular system of street furniture that became ubiquitous in Yugoslavia and beyond.

[Installation view of “Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York, July 15, 2018–January 13, 2019. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck]

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“‘Broadway Boogie Woogie’ is an enduring utopian vision of what New York City could be: clean lines but handmade, well organized but filled with life, intellectual but lots of fun, and, of course, very stylish.” –Alex (@alexroediger), our Senior Information Coordinator
What artwork embodies the world you want to live in? Inspired by our current exhibitions #KingelezCityDreams and #ConcreteUtopia, MoMA staff members mined #MoMACollection for artworks that shape their vision of utopia. See what they found at #MoMApicks

[Artwork details: #PietMondrian. “Broadway Boogie Woogie.” 1942-43. Oil on canvas. Given anonymously]

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"This week we learned about Japanese paper marbling with guest artist Sheryl Oppenheim, tie-dyed shirts, relaxed in our DIY spa and worked on previous paintings. I enjoyed paper marbling because I had the opportunity to explore how water creates movement with paint. One thing that challenged me was letting go of self control when creating my artwork—letting creativity happen naturally. I was amazed when my marbled paper looked different than what I had in mind."
–Heaven, student in The Pleasure Principle workshop
“In the Making” is our free studio art program for NYC students. Follow @MoMATeens for more artmaking! #MoMALearning
[Photos by Kaitlyn Stubbs and Sophie Grant]

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CLOSING SOON: Explore how photography can capture what it means to be human with the artists of our biennial exhibition, "Being: #NewPhotography2018." Seventeen photographers, all presenting their work at the Museum for the first time, call attention to assumptions about how individuals are depicted and perceived, while challenging the conventions of portraiture.
Closes August 19. Learn more at

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Curatorial Assistant Talia Kwartler shares “The Congo Queen” (1946)—a painting of protection and power by the grandmaster of Haitian art, Hector Hyppolite. Watch the full gallery talk to learn more about Hyppolite’s life as a shoemaker, artist, and voodoo priest at

#ArtSpeaks, a day of community and conversation led by Museum staff, makes its return to the galleries this fall.

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