Plan a treat for yourself this holiday season by seeing the exciting new exhibitions The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World and Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909–1949, and Nicholas Nixon’s beautiful portraits of the Brown sisters in the Museum of Modern Art’s lobby. Be sure to reserve tickets to Matisse: you don’t want to miss this extraordinary experience. A perfect opportunity is on New Year’s Eve—which is also Matisse’s birthday—when you can join MoMA for an after-hours tour of the exhibition and a night of merriment at The Modern restaurant.

Visit the MoMA Design and Bookstore on December 8th, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., for a book-signing with Nixon; holiday-minded people can find gifts, including MoMA gift memberships, in the MoMA Stores and online. In theaters, take a break from the season’s craziness and enjoy the celebration of Robert Altman’s incredible career. At MoMA PS1, Zero Tolerance presents artists’ responses to current political challenges around the world.

Recently Opened Exhibitions:


Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition features approximately 100 examples of Matisse’s innovative cut-outs, including the monumental The Swimming Pool, newly conserved and on view for the first time in more than 20 years. Timed tickets are required for nonmembers.


The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World
Opens December 14

Presenting the work of 17 artists with 17 different approaches to painting, this new exhibition explores the timelessness of painting today and high-stakes questions about originality, subjectivity, and spiritual transcendence.


Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909–1949
Opens December 13

The creative possibilities of photography were never richer or more varied than in the years between the First and Second World Wars, when artists approached figuration, abstraction, and architecture with unmatched imaginative fervor. This vital moment is dramatically captured by the more than 300 works on view in this exhibition.

Ongoing Exhibitions:

Sturtevant: Double Trouble
The first survey in America of the artist Sturtevant showcases works from all periods of her fearless career, including the “repeats” of works of her contemporaries, which she used as a catalyst to explore originality, authorship, and image culture. Get the exhibition catalogue

 Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities
Following the same model as the MoMA exhibitions Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront and Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, this exhibition presents new architectural possibilities for six global metropolises facing perilous issues such as overpopulation, limited resources, and major income disparities.

Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor
The first major retrospective of this widely admired artist features works in all mediums exploring themes such as childhood, domesticity, sex, and death.


Article by Jessica NG for The Untitled Magazine

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