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CONTEST: Celebrate Sol LeWitt’s 84th birthday (yesterday, Sept 9) by baking or decorating your own LeWitt-inspired birthday cake! Winner gets a MASS MoCA tshirt (and endless bragging rights). Photos should be emailed to by Sept 16.

This photo of an art-inspired cake from SF MoMA’s coffee bar.

Please note: Photo is of a Mondrian-inspired cake. We couldn’t find any LeWitt inspired cakes out there yet… which is why we need our followers to start baking!

Museums on Tumblr (Updated 3/25/2014)

NEW, NEWish, and NEWly Added:

Carnegie Museum’s 2013 Carnegie International

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Dallas Contemporary

The Davis Museum

Getty Museum Publications

Guggenheim’s Christopher Wool Ephemera

Huntington Library (Pasadena, CA)

Mary Rose Museum

Medical Museion (Crowdsourced)

Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute)

National Media Museum (UK)

Norton Simon Museum

SFMOMA’s Your SFMOMA (Crowdsourced)

Springfield Art Museum (Missouri)

The Tech Museum

*** Every Museum I Know of On Tumblr ***

Les Abattoirs (Toulouse, France)

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Adventure Science Center

Albright-Knox Art Museum

Allen Memorial Art Museum (Oberlin College) 

American Museum of Natural History

American University Museum

Arab American Museum

Arctic Museum, Peary-MacMillan (Bowdoin College)

Arizona Capitol Museum

Arizona State University Art Museum

Art Gallery of Ontario

Asheville Art Museum

Asia Society

Asian Art Museum

Blanton Museum of Art

BLDG92 (Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92) + BLDG92’s (Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Museum) Teen Innovators at BLDG92

Brooklyn Museum

California State University Art Museum (Long Beach)

Carleton University Art Gallery

Charleston Museum

Chelsea Art Museum

Cheney Historical Museum

Chicago History Museum

Colleton Museum and Farmers Market

Contemporary Art Museum, Houston (CAMH)

Corning Museum of Glass

DeYoung Museum

The Drawing Center

Eastman House (Museum of Photography and Film)

Exploratorium (SF)

The Getty

Hammer Museum

Historic Royal Places (UK)

Horniman Museum and Gardens + InstaHorniman (Visitor Instagrams at Horniman Museum)

IMA’s Digitizing Miller House and Garden

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

Jewish Contemporary Museum

The Jewish Museum (NYC)

Jewish Museum London

Kennedy Museum of Art

Kunsthal (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Legion of Honor

Lincoln Center


Museo Malba (Buenos Aires)

Museu Brasileiro da Escultura (São Paulo, Brasil | Education Dept.)

Museum of Chinese in America

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s generationext

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA Chicago) +

MCA Chicago (Design Department)

MOCAtv Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

Museum of Modern Art, NY (MoMA) + Museum of Modern Art (Library) + MoMA’s MoMA Talks


Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the Moving Image

National Archives (Today’s Document)

National Building Museum

National Museum of Wildlife Art

The National WWII Museum’s Greatest Generation

Newberry Library

Neue Galerie (NYC)

New Museum (of Contemporary Art, NYC)

New York Botanical Garden

New York Public Library

New York Transit Museum

Noguchi Museum

North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA Teens Competition)

Park Avenue Armory

Penn Museum

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum

Ransom Center

The Renaissance Society (University of Chicago Contemporary Art Gallery)

Royal Ontario Museum (Kids)

Rubin Museum

San Jose Museum of Art


SDSU Agricultural Heritage Museum (South Dakota State University)

SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

Smart Museum (U. of Chicago)


Smithsonian Archives of American Art

Smithsonian’s Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Studio Museum in Harlem

The Tech Museum

University of Michigan Museum of Art

Virginia Museum of Fine Art (VMFA’s Education Dept.)

Walker Art Center

Walters Art Museum

Whitney Museum of American Art

Yeshiva University Museum

Static Tumblrs, usually for exhibits or events: 

Albright Knox Museum (Sol LeWitt)

Art Institute of Chicago (Soviet TASS Posters)

Georgia Museum of Art (Pierre Daura)

Metamuseum (13 Museums Contributed)

Metropolitan Museum (Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty)

Metropolitan Museum of Art (Get Closer)

Museum of Innocence (Istanbul)

New Museum (Carsten Holler “wiki”)

Please Touch Museum

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art (Dormant?)

Tate Britian (Blast/Bless)

University Art Museum, CSULB (Listen Project)

Other museum- or art-organization- related Tumblrs:


Creative Time

Design Museum (Documenting the forthcoming London building.)

High Line Art

Louvre (Ecole du) (That’s the school for you non-French speakers.)

Maryland Citizens for the Arts

MASS MoCA Box Office

Monumenta 2011 (Grand Palais, Paris)

MTA Arts for Transit (NYC Subway art)

Papillion Institute of Art 

Performa Magazine

Public Art Fund


Special thanks to Jeff D. Taylor, @MuseumsNYC, @MuseumSukkel, Annie (Tumblr #Art) Werner’s stellar, and friendly twitter followers for contributions and suggestions.

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Teresita Fernández and Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Stephanie Barron. 

Fernández has created a major new series of installations for MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. Titled “As Above So Below,” the exhibition moves through the museum’s architecture to create enormous vistas and smaller, more intimate moments with sculpture. The show includes three large-scale installations that are informed by Fernández's interest in landscape, art about landscape, and our perception of landscape, including Black SunSfumato (Epic) and Lunar (Theatre). Curated by Denise Markonish, “As Above So Below” is on view through March, 2015. The exhibition is accompanied by a sleek, handsome 96-page book.

This is Fernandez's Black Sun as installed at MASS MoCA. Click to expand it to 1,200px wide.

In 2005 Fernández received a MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellowship, and she currently serves on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at MOCA North Miami, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Artpace, the ICA Philadelphia, Castello di Rivoli outside Turin, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and others. 

How to listen to this week’s show: Listen to or download this week’s program on SoundCloud, via direct-link mp3, or subscribe to The MAN Podcast (for free) at:


Teresita Fernández’s As Above So Below

For more photos and videos from As Above So Below, follow @massmoca on Instagram.

Teresita Fernández (@teresitafz) created As Above So Below in response to the old factory space that houses the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (@massmoca) as well as the light that surrounds it. “The color in the works is meant to radiate a glowing light that changes with the tone of daylight pouring in through the windows of the space,” the artist says. “In many ways, the shapes and color of the works are like cinematic dissolves that seem ephemeral.”

The vivid colors and monumental scale of the works make them popular to photograph. “All of the works in the show deal with the idea of the viewer as a figure in the landscape,” Teresita says. “Visitors have captured that sensibility and played with that idea in their own photographs.”

As Above So Below is on view until March 2015.


This week we meet with experimental musicians Mark Stewart and Julia Wolfe at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, an amazing contemporary art museum in North Adams, Massachusetts. They give us the challenge to FIND YOUR BAND:

1. Go through your day and notice all the sounds around you

2. Choose a group of those sounds to be your band

3. Join the band!

4. Record or document what happens and upload to your social media platform of choice with #theartassignment

5. Fame and glory (your work might be in a future episode)

Still from Alex Da Corte’s ‘Free Roses’ installation at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.


In which we visit Lee Boroson in his summer studio in upstate New York, where he was hard at work on his exhibition at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, which opened this week! Boroson assigns us to create a Desktop Monument:

1. Find an image online of a natural setting you have never visited

2. Use the image to create a desktop monument

3. Upload it using #theartassignment

4. Fame and Glory (your work might be featured in a future episode)

In this episode, we also discuss Frederick Law Olmsted, whom you should read more about


This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Jason Middlebrook and art historian David Anfam.

This summer MASS MoCA is presenting the exhibition “Jason Middlebrook: My Landscape.” Curated by Susan Cross, it will be on view through April 7, 2014. The show continues Middlebrook’s examination of the intersection between the man-built environment and nature, especially the incursion of one into what seems to be the domain of the other. The show includes a hanging, Fallingwater-recalling mobile made from discarded material and many of his painted planks, which juxtapose abstract natural forms against painted abstractions.

This is one of those planks: Once Again a Version of Nature Through My Eyes (2011).

Listen to this week’s program: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. See images of art discussed on the show. Also: