Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City

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    Van Gogh's "Starry Night" at the MoMA
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    MOMA - Not ALL Modern Art

    by Donna_in_India Written Jan 21, 2014

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    Even if you don't like modern art, you will surely find something that you love at MOMA. MOMA has an amazing collection of prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures, photography, as well as other forms of art. With over 150,000 individual pieces MOMA is considered to have the best collection of modern Western masterpieces in the world- and there is a lot of it that I wouldn't consider "modern".

    Chagall, Monet, Matisse, van Gogh, Pollack, Picasso, Dali are all here. One of my most favorites, van Gogh's The Starry Night is reason enough to visit. Dali's The Persistence of Memory is another favorite but I'll admit I'm still trying to figure out Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans (pictured in photo).

    With 6 floors of exhibits you'll have to plan your time wisely. Arrive early and head for the art you want to see most. Free audio guides are available. If you are bringing children, there are audio guides for them as well as activity guides to use while exploring the museum.

    The museum is open daily and there are special exhibits as well as the museum's regular collection. If possible avoid holidays, free Fridays, and rainy weekends! And if you're going especially to see The Starry Night be sure to check that it's not on loan to another museum/gallery!

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    Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

    by Dabs Written Jan 1, 2014
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    Don't let the name of the museum put you off, much of the collection here isn't what I consider modern or contemporary. We headed up to the top floors first, there was a special Magritte exhibit, members only could visit between 9:30-10:30 so we looked at the other special exhibition and then toured part of the 5th floor which contains painting and sculpture from 1880-1940, Cezanne, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, van Gogh are examples of the artists here. The 4th floor is1940s-1980s, while some of this art interests me, some of it just perplexes me. We toured the 3rd floor as well and skipped the 2nd floor, 1980 through current as I didn't care to visit and my niece wanted to visit the gift shop. There is another gift shop across the street.

    We arrive shortly after opening at 9:30am (special holiday hours) and there was a short line, we had the Go Select Pass and got our tickets at will call. When we left at 12:30pm, the line was out the door and down the street, 1/2 hour wait according to the people in line.

    MOMA has free Fridays and when I asked on a travel board, someone said that the museum is was overcrowded normally on Friday afternoons and would likely be insane during the week between Christmas and New Years. Based on the lines everywhere else, I'm glad we decided to get the pass. Current admission is $25, $18 seniors, $14 students, free under 16 years old. It doesn't appear that they have a pay what you want feature.

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    Magical MOMA

    by CEP1863 Written Dec 21, 2013
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    The MOMA is one of my favourite museums. There are some amazing temporary exhibitions and some breathtaking works of art. Some of the abstract art is amazing and many of the pieces are out of this world. Even if you don't understand art, you will love this place. There is something for everyone. The outdoor space is fantastic. You need to get there early if you want to really see the entire museum. Queues to get in can be long but I can't imagine anyone leaving dissatisfied.

    Even if you don't understand art, you'll love this place. The art is abstract and sometimes unbelievable and you need to take your time to appreciate what is on offer. There are some pieces here that are remarkable and truly out of this world.

    Opening hours 10:30 - 17:30 daily except Fridays when MOMA is open until 20:00.

    Admission $25

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    My new favourite museum in NYC!

    by Jefie Updated Nov 15, 2013

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    I can't begin to describe how amazing the MoMA's collection is! The fifth and fourth floors hold the most renowned and impressive works of art, so that's where I'd suggest you begin your visit. The 5th floor is dedicated to painting and sculpture from the 1880s to the 1940s, so that's where you'll find Monet's Waterlilies, several paintings by Picasso, Matisse, and Van Gogh's famous "Starry Night", just to name a few.The 4th floor focuses on art from the 1940s to the 1980s, showcasing works by the likes of Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Roy Liechtenstein. I took a quick look around the 3rd and 2nd floors (contemporary art forms), but I saved the small amount of time I had left to visit the fantastic special exhibition on René Magritte. So unless I make some kind of remarkable discovery on a future trip to NYC, I think it's safe to say that the MoMA is and will remain my favourite art museum in the city!

    The MoMA is open daily from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, with late nights (8:00 pm) on Friday. Tickets cost $25, but admission is free on Friday nights from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. We stopped for lunch at Cafe 2, and I was very impressed with the quality of the dishes offered. I had the bruschetta trio, and they were all amazing! My friend Julie tried the cold cuts platter, and she was also very happy with her choice. Prices were reasonable too!

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    An Enlightened Museum

    by Orchid Written Aug 24, 2013
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    MoMA is located in midtown Manhattan, on W 53rd Street, squeezed in between the skyscrapers. The M train took me to Rockefeller Centre, so it was just a few blocks north, past Radio City Music Hall to get to the entrance. The $25 entrance ticket provided access to all the galleries containing icons of mid 18th century to present day art & sculpture, and also to the majority of the currently running special exhibitions.

    The 5 storey high atrium is stark and white, and housed the Claes Oldenburg 'Mouse Museum' of found objects on this occasion. An exhibition of architect Le Corbusier's work focused more on his design and artwork, than on built structures. Exhibitions of photography and graphic art were present on the lower exhibition galleries.

    It was in the upper galleries that the iconic modern art collection of the museum is displayed. The collection includes famous works by Andy Warhol (Campbells Soup Cans), Ray Lichtenstein, Van Gogh (Starry Starry Night), Jackson Pollock, Mike Rothko, Claude Monet (a roomful of lillies) to name just a small proportion. The museum also encourages and allows photography pretty much anywhere and of any thing, which is a magnificently enlightened approach.

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    MoMA moment:Marilyn & her admirer in yellow pants

    by Tijavi Updated Jan 26, 2012
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    Of course, we all know Andy Warhol's Gold Marilyn Monroe where Marilyn's portrait seems to fade through the gold canvas (the painting was rendered a year after Marilyn's death).

    To see the Warhol painting from a different angle, see it through the mirror (actually, a highly polished stainless steel) of another painting across the room, Michelangelo Pistoletto's Man with Yellow Pants. Pistoletto's life-size painting of a man that seems to be standing in the middle of a gallery. The reflecting stainless steel upon which his figure is superimposed means that there are various angles to see the painting, and in one of these angles, is a reflection of Warhol's Marilyn Monroe painting across the gallery.

    One of the most fun paintings at the MoMA.

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    MoMA moment: Desire Management

    by Tijavi Updated Jan 26, 2012

    This short film is one of the most memorable I've seen at the MoMA. It dwells how various people use seemingly mundane appliances/gadgets as an outlet for their desires.

    I don't see the theme as sexual, but rather more on man's (or a woman's) innate ability to "improvise" using everyday appliances to fulfill - or as the title suggests, manage - their desires.

    The link below will take you to the film's "official" website, where you could watch one of the segments of an airline stewardess and how she deals with her need - not for speed - but for turbulence. Very interesting.

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    MoMA moment: Starry Night

    by Tijavi Updated Jan 25, 2012

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    This is arguably one of MoMA's most famous paintings. The contradiction between the turbulent sky and the peaceful village beneath it, probably evokes the van Gogh's inner emotions?

    Van Gogh's bold, colorful brushstrokes of sombre blues, blacks and greens also contrast dramatically with the bright yellow moon and stars. Again, perhaps a reflection of his conflicting inner emotions?

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    MoMA moment: Broadway Boogie Woogie

    by Tijavi Updated Jan 25, 2012

    If you love jazz, you'll love this painting by Piet Mondrian, himself a jazz lover. Although Mondrian is originally from Europe, he seemed to have done an excellent job in depicting NYC's grid network, the movement of traffic, and the rhythms of jazz with the intersecting lines with blocks of white, red or blue in the intersection points.

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    MoMA moment: Water Lillies

    by Tijavi Updated Jan 25, 2012

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    This is a triptych of Monet's Japanese-style pond, where the center of attraction are the water lillies. Much of this humongous 6' 6 3/4" x 41' 10 3/8" (in total) paintings depict the water that fills the pond and the reflection of the sky. Just as Monet instructed it to be, the paintings are displayed on a curved wall.

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    MoMA moment: Andy's favorite soup

    by Tijavi Updated Jan 24, 2012

    This is as classic Americana as you can get. The soup cans are arranged in chronological order in which they were introduced to the market, with "tomato" having been first launched in the market in 1897. It was said that Warhol arranged the cans in no particular order when he first displayed these 32 individual canvasses.

    It's amazing how an object of everyday living - in this case, Campbell's Soup - can be immortalized by one of Pop Art movement's most popular leading figures.

    Fast forward today, the varieties of Campbell's Soup have expanded, and the grilled chicken and sausage gumbo is my favorite. It makes for a quick, convenient meal.

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    MoMA moment: Dance

    by Tijavi Updated Jan 24, 2012

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    This 1909 Matisse painting was commissioned by a Russian merchant, and came with a pair Music, which is currently displayed at the Hermitage in St Petersburg.

    It is said that Matisse once described his painting as evoking "life and rhythm" - something which is clearly evident from the movement of the dancers - visibly, in clockwise motion. The movement becomes more visually dramatic with the break in the circle as shown by the dancer in the foreground trying to reach out.

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    MoMA moment: The Birth of the World

    by Tijavi Updated Jan 24, 2012

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    Another popular Miro work, my take on this is focused on the sperm-like figure in bold red color. Its "union" with the female egg marks the beginning - or genesis, if you will - of new life. I find this interpretation very relevant to the work's title The Birth of the World.

    Although I find this interpretation cute, I am still trying to figure out what the black kite means. The human figure is easier to interpret - which is the result of the union of the sperm and the female egg!

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    MoMA moment: Hirondelle Amour

    by Tijavi Updated Jan 24, 2012

    This is one of Joan Miro's most popular works, but is very much open to a lot of interpretation (for one MoMA's website does not have any). This French-titled work literally translates to "swallow love" and is filled with figures of heads, heels, legs, etc., in true surrealist fashion.

    My two cents' worth is, is this is Miro's interpretation of the English idiomatic expression, "head over heels" - or what one feels when he/she falls madly in love? Perhaps. Who knows.

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    MoMA moment: Flag

    by Tijavi Updated Dec 18, 2011

    No Impressionistic notions, no Cubist compulsions, this is plain and simple patriotism - Jasper Johns' Flag. Made of newspaper strips and encaustic paint (a mixture of paint and molten wax), mounted on a piece of plywood, the painting can easily pass off as a real flag from a distance.

    But looking at the painting closely, there are just 48 stars! Jasper Johns' Flag, completed in 1954, pre-dates the statehood of Alaska and Hawaii, both admitted to the Union in 1959.

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