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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, Living Room from the Francis W. Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota (1912-1914). The room is nowadays re-installed as close to it´s original appearance as possible at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Photo copyright by Scandinavian Collectors 2016.

National Air and Space Museum by  Adam Foster

#tbt to 1942, in honor of Veterans Day: Presented less than six months after Pearl Harbor, Road to Victory, with its clearly propagandistic aim, was an unusual exhibition for MoMA. Photographer Edward Steichen, then a lieutenant commander in the US Navy and later an influential curator of photography at the Museum, organized this arrangement of enormous, freestanding photographic enlargements and murals. Featuring a cross-section of American life, from rural panoramas to scenes of preparation for war, it was intended, according to the press release, to “enable every American to see himself as a vital and indispensable element of victory.” The majority of these uncredited photographs came from federal programs such as the Farm Security Administration. See images of the 1942 installation and more at mo.ma/52exhibitions.

The Computer Museum Report, Boston, Massachusetts, 1982

A peek into the Museum archives: Students visiting Public Health Hall, 1921

In 1908, the Museum organized an exhibition about tuberculosis, then a common disease and one of the leading causes of death worldwide. New Yorkers were so eager for more information about the infection, and about the invisible invaders that caused it, that lines for the Museum’s exhibition snaked around the block. Up to 10,000 visitors saw the show in a single day. 

The staggering success of the tuberculosis exhibition spurred the creation of the Museum’s Department of Public Health (DPH), which focused on producing exhibitions and educational materials about the biology behind food safety, water purification, and urban sanitation. 

Now, the Museum has another exhibition, The Secret World Inside You, which explores the rapidly evolving science that is revealing the complexities of the human microbiome and reshaping our ideas about human health. Learn more.

Image: Kay C. Lenskjold, AMNH/38716

Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana at the Opening of Americans 1963, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

This photograph was taken at the opening of the exhibition Americans 1963, which featured several works by Indiana and fourteen other contemporary artists, though none by Warhol. The exhibition was organized by the Museum of Modern Art, to which Indiana had sold a painting two years earlier. Shortly thereafter Indiana would go on to design a Christmas card for that museum, which marked the debut of what would become the painter’s iconic image, LOVE.

Latin American Architecture Since 1945 | MoMA

The intent of the exhibition Latin American Architecture Since 1945, which explored contemporary architecture in Latin America, was not only to expose the American public to the work of the region’s leading architects, but also to demonstrate the advanced modernity of its cities, “which we ourselves still only anticipate,” as curator Arthur Drexler wrote in the preface to the exhibition catalogue. The 1955 exhibition brought together photographs, photomurals, and special stereo viewers depicting 49 buildings—including complex university developments, public housing projects, stadiums, hotels, industrial buildings, churches, private residences, and a nightclub—that together captured the Latin American building boom, foregrounding famous architects such as Brazil’s Oscar Niemeyer and Venuzuela’s Carlos Rául Villanueva. It was organized by the museum’s International Program, which was founded in 1952 to circulate exhibitions to museums around the world. See images of the installation, great views of the scene at the opening reception, and more at mo.ma/52exhibitions.

(via Latin American Architecture Since 1945 | MoMA)

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18 Museums in New York City Pair Off for a #MuseumInstaSwap

Check out the #MuseumInstaSwap hashtag on Instagram to learn more about the project.

JiaJia Fei, digital director at the Jewish Museum (@thejewishmuseum) in New York City, has visited the Studio Museum in Harlem (@studiomuseum) many times, but a recent trip was for the #MuseumInstaSwap: 18 museums in New York paired off and spent time with each other’s collections, taking photos with their own communities in mind and posting them throughout the day on February 2. Organized by the Intrepid Museum (@intrepidmuseum) and inspired by the first swap led by the Wellcome Collection (@wellcomecollection), the initiative offers a fresh perspective on each museum as well as a broader audience for all. At the Studio Museum, JiaJia (@vajiajia) took photos of pieces capturing its spirit, such as Glenn Ligon’s iconic work “Give us a Poem,” a light installation blinking the words “me, we.” “Though the mission of both institutions is dedicated to art seen through a specific lens, these are ultimately museums for people of all backgrounds,” says JiaJia. “We were able to connect all of our voices and audiences online, worldwide, for a single day.”

Ijele under construction by Nweke Kogulu and three assistants at Umuezede Achalla in 1983. The mask was later displayed at the 1984 exhibition “Igbo Arts Community and Cosmos,” organized by the Museum of Cultural History UCLA.

Richard N. Henderson and Ifekandu Umunna (1988). Leadership Symbolism in Onitsha Igbo Crowns and Ijele. African Arts, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Feb., 1988), pp. 28-37+94-96

when i think of the signs, i think of...

aries: matches, leather jackets, skater skirts, skulls, knives, red lipstick, roses, roller skating, standing up for their friends

taurus: warm coffee, cozy sweaters, bikes, greenhouses, marshes with cattails, binge-watching tv shows, dark indie chill music, calming others down, bringing world peace

gemini: circle sunglasses, jump ropes, vintage telephones, little sketchbooks, colorful mismatched socks, twinkling eyes, typing, running through meadows, chasing their dreams

cancer: light wash faded blue jeans, nintendo ds’, sea foam, white beaches with pastel skies, baking, delicate paintings, baby animals, cuddling, protecting, never letting go

leo: neutral eye makeup, iced coffee, the warmth of the sun on skin, open fields with little yellow wildflowers, gold jewelry, gothic architecture, red wine, theater curtains, giving life all they’ve got

virgo: clean linen, grids, succulents, art museums, organized notes, collared shirts, hand holding, haiku poems, making those around them feel safe

libra: heart shaped glasses, chokers, snow cones, mascara, dimples, charming smiles, fancy dinners, carnations, dancing, old movies, musical riffs, getting along with everyone

scorpio: smoke, doc martens, ouija boards, graveyards, powerful slam poetry, night swimming, sad songs, angel wings, the most beautiful and deeply felt emotions for the ones they love

sagittarius: amusement parks, forests, fog, beautiful mountain views, long and winding roads, laughter, hair flowing in the wind, vintage guitars, the 70s, exploring, spreading knowledge and awareness everywhere they go

capricorn: old books, heavy coats, pen and ink, the shade of trees, the deepest depths of the ocean, folk music, pianos, dark tea, sarcasm, ambition that gives life meaning

aquarius: ufos, pills, thunderstorms, neon signs, macbooks, holographic clothing, weed socks, graffiti, doodling, questions, passionately advocating social change 

pisces: stargazing, pink and purple colored skies, clouds, earbuds in with the volume loud enough to isolate themselves, watercolor paintings, fluttering eyelids, dreaming of a better world