Cy Twombly was born this day in 1928. His painting Leda and the Swan, inspired by the Roman myth, is on view on our 4th floor as part of From the Collection: 1960–1969.

[Cy Twombly. Leda and the Swan. Rome 1962. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Cy Twombly Foundation]

We’re saddened to share that artist François Morellet has passed away. His painting Random Distribution of 40,000 Squares Using the Odd and Even Numbers of a Telephone Directory is on view now as part of the exhibition From the Collection: 1960–1969.

After he divided the canvas into 40,000 squares, his wife or his sons read the numbers from the phone book out loud, while he moved across the canvas, marking a square for each even number and skipping a square for each odd one. He then colored the marked squares blue and the blank ones red. 

[Installation view of From the Collection: 1960–1969. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 26, 2016–March 12, 2017. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo:  Martin Seck]

Louise Nevelson’s towering sculpture Big Black (1963) is on view in From the Collection: 1960–1969. Nevelson, who was born this day in 1899, fitted together shallow boxes filled with salvaged wood moldings, spindles, chair parts, and other fragments painted a dull black. As a rectangular plane to be viewed from the front, the sculpture has the pictorial quality of a painting—perhaps one of the preceding decade’s Abstract Expressionist canvases, which share its mural scale. With its play between flatness and recession, straight lines and curves, overlaps and vacancies, the work’s visual complexity rewards slow looking. 

[Installation view. Louise Nevelson. Big Black. 1963. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Gretchen Scott]

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Today is Andy Warhol’s birthday! You may know his iconic painting Gold Marilyn Monroe from our collection, but do you know the story behind it? Learn all about it in this video from our free online course “Modern Art and Ideas.”

[Andy Warhol. Gold Marilyn Monroe. 1962. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

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Button Pin Art by Ran Hwang

Ran Hwang is a Korean-born (1960), sculptural artist primarily known for her mixed-media work with buttons, beads, pins, and thread. She describes her approach:

I create large icons such as a Buddha or a traditional vase, using materials from the fashion industry. The process of building large installations is time consuming and repetitive and it requires manual effort which provides a form of self-meditation. I hammer thousands of pins into a wall like a monk who, facing the wall, practices Zen.

Ran combines her creative vision with a meticulous process to transform ordinary objects into whimsical jewel-like creations. via & via

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June 13: join us for a conversation with artist Sam Gilliam, whose work is on view now in From the Collection: 1960–1969. Gilliam is best known for abstract works on unstretched canvas that he drapes from the ceiling, slings over sawhorses, or, as is the case here, pins to the wall. Gilliam’s “drapes” were reportedly inspired by the artist’s observation of laundry hanging outside his window. 

[Sam Gilliam. 10/27/69. 1969. The Museum of Modern Art, New York]