A Global Museum

“Global” is a word that is now frequently referenced in art discourses, just as the call to include an international perspective increasingly has become an articulated goal for art history and institutions. Nevertheless, how a global approach is manifested remains contested. Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP), the self-described “global” program at MoMA,  focuses on examining how a global perspective might be achieved in art history and the museum. 

This Theme researches notions and practices of the global by juxtaposing different situated perspectives within a related or shared thematic framework––a methodology that elucidates both actual relationships as well as chance similitudes. Scholars, artists and curators from around the world engage with issues that have been taken up internally within the C-MAP research program, underlining the importance of a plurality of viewpoints for a geographically-inclusive approach to the study and exhibition of art.

Transversal Orientations

Hinged on the transversal as a means to engage with and envision new networks and ways of thinking about modern and contemporary art, the 2021 C-MAP seminar series offered an exploration and interrogation of the intertwining of multiple coeval life-worlds through concepts of “extending across.” Included here are abstracts and recordings of the four panels held on Zoom on June 2, 3, 9, and 10.

Exhibitionary Heritage: The Grid

Treating as insightful case studies the records of miraculous, flower-flurried advents of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace in the Mindanao Cross, a local newspaper founded by Catholic missionaries in Cotabato City, Mindanao, in 1948, researcher and curator Renan Laru-an initiates the notion of an exhibitionary heritage, articulating this proposition through a self-created grid.

Challenging the Global: C-MAP Experts Respond

During 2016 and 2017, more than 80 scholars, artists, and curators visited MoMA as C-MAP guests. n conjunction with the 5 Questions interview series, we asked them a sixth question: How can MoMA better approach international artistic production and exchange?