11 W. 53rd St.
Midtown, NY 10103
Description: This exhibition examines the history of MoMA's drawings collection through key gifts from donors whose connections with the Museum helped shape the institution from its earliest days. Lillie P. Bliss and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, founders of MoMA, gave numerous masterworks to the new museum, including some of its most prized drawings. In later decades bequests by influential collectors such as James Thrall Soby continued to augment the holdings of works by artists the Museum had already shown a commitment to, while other collections, like that of Joan and Lester Avnet, were formed with MoMA's needs specifically in mind. More idiosyncratic collections, such as Ruth Vollmer's bequest to the Museum, accepted in 1983, reflect the life and activities of individual art enthusiasts during key moments in art history. Gifted is a reevaluation of the drawings collection, reflecting not only the richness of MoMA's holdings, but also the diverse forces that have shaped it and the corresponding history it represents.
Venue Description: The Museum of Modern Art, also known as MoMA, offers a rich and panoramic view into modern art in the world. Founded in 1929, it has grown to include more than 135,000 paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, sculptures, films, and design objects. MoMA seeks to create an environment that is responsive to the issues of modern and contemporary art, while being accessible to a public that ranges from scholars to young children.
MoMA has three restaurants on the premises: Café 2 is the museum?s sophisticated cafeteria; Terrace 5 is a full-service café; and The Modern offers the original, Alsatian-inspired cuisine of Chef Gabriel Kreuther, recently awarded three stars by The New York Times.
Museum hours: 10:30am?5:30pm daily; Friday 10:30am?8pm; closed Tuesday.
Admission: $25; $18 seniors; $14 students; free for children younger than 16. Tickets may be purchased online for a discounted price.
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