A New York fixture housing an amazing array of sculptures, paintings, and photography by celebrated modern artists, MoMA’s vast space is considered to be one of the best modern art museums in the world. With an astounding collection encompassing impressionists like Cézanne, Monet, and Van Gogh, cubists like Picasso, surrealists like Dalí, abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollack, pop artists like Andy Warhol and Piet Mondrian, and so many more, even repeat visitors still feel like neophytes. The sculpture garden, introduced by Rodin’s Monument to Balzac, is a noteworthy stroll to take. Another more conceptual garden introduces you to a soaring 110-foot atrium aglow with light, in which stands Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk. A tour is included in the cost of admission or for just $10 you can see a masterpiece film here. Founded in 1935, their movie collection has amassed to 22,000 films and four million film stills — “the strongest international film collection in the United States,” according to their website. Sample screenings include Otto Preminger’s Bonjour Tristesse, Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers, and Fritz Lang’s You Only Live Once.
No matter how obvious, nothing beats MoMA. The museum’s first director, Alfred H. Barr, defined the canon of what we consider capital-M, Modern art. Its relevance to 20th century art is immeasurable.
I love The Modern at the Museum of Modern Art. Not only is it a great place to people watch, but you can also view the most current show at the MoMA
I used to always go back and forth between a Met Phase and a MoMA phase in the same way that I go back and forth between a Fellini Phase and a Godard Phase. And when I was younger I felt like works at MoMA were too new and recent, but after all these years, I somehow came around to appreciate Modern Art and ended up being in love with MoMA. And I don't mean to give myself a pat on the back (O.K., I am giving myself one) but MoMA acquiring one of my designs as a part of their permanent Architecture and Design collection was definitely the one of the highlight in my career and something I am proud of, so I have that emotional attachment as well.
Cover all your bases and check off the greats at one of the only museums that matter.
All of nyc's institutions have a special place in my heart, but MoMA and MoMA PS1 of course are at the top of that list for obvious reasons!