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The Lillie P. Bliss Collection, 1934.

One of the founders of The Museum of Modern Art, Lillie Bliss played an extraordinarily large role in shaping the institution. In her will, she gifted the Museum with a significant share of her remarkable collection—some 150 works of art—thereby establishing the founding collection and a substantial core on which to build. However, Bliss’s will stipulated that in order for the Museum to receive the artworks, it had to achieve financial stability within three years—no small feat in the midst of the Great Depression. The challenge was met, and the entire Bliss bequest, including works by Cézanne, Modigliani, and Picasso, went on display in 1934, three years after her passing. One clause in Bliss’s will proved particularly useful in the years to come: the Museum was free to sell her works individually in order to build the collection. Some of the signature works in MoMA’s collection, including Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, were acquired in this manner.

See images of the installation and more at 35 of #52exhibitions.

Aha! I have managed to finish something! Because I think I am busy on @viperbranium‘s actual birthday, I shall post this early - have some fluffy first-meeting Evanstan writer-of-kid’s-books Seb and reading show host Chris AU! And have a lovely birthday, my dear! I hope it is EVERY BIT AS WONDERFUL as you deserve. <3333


Chris shows up for his first day on set nervous. He knows what he’s here to do, he knows he wants to do it, he just can’t quite shake the sense that he’s going to flub a line or sit too stiffly or fail completely at reading.

He eyeballs the children’s book in question. He’s read it three times to get used to the rhythms, the pacing. Lots of good messages. Superheroes, compassion, accepting help.

The book eyeballs him right back, but somehow does so with kindness. It knows about encouraging nervous kids. Chris Evans, clumsy with enthusiasm, is pretty much a big kid at heart, and could use the reassurance, right?

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You never know what you’ll find when you drop in on the MoMA Conservation Studio. On a recent visit ahead of the opening of Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, Christopher Rauschenberg, the artist’s son and a photographer, spotted a Matisse awaiting attention among the microscopes and easels. 

[Photo: Christopher Rauschenberg | Artwork: Henri Matisse. “Interior with a Violin Case” (detail). Nice, winter 1918-19. Oil on canvas. Lillie P. Bliss Collection. © 2017 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.]

Obnoxious Words

Obnoxiously wailing on figments tossed and turned,

This bold life,

this cocky works,

this brazen tough turns,

What misery it brings amiss

Like a cloud over collective bliss.

Perhaps the sorrow is,

That sorry fell

When etiquette collapsed

And buildings of morals caved in.

Indeed, quite the gift.

- Fiore Blu

mitsuk0  asked:

ahhh hi i just found your tumblr and i'm obsessed, wcif the orange skirt(?) in your recent and the rainbow top from your bliss collection, sorry if im bothering you !!

Thank you for the support! <33 Don’t worry you are not bothering me! :D 

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