Taking as her point of departure the kiondo, and the acknowledgment of the multiple forms technology can take, this essay focuses on Wangechi Mutu’s generative re-imagination and re-inscription of the foundational figure of Eve, gathered together in the untitled portfolio of five etchings and three aquatints, Untitled from Eve.
The ongoing COVID crisis in India has affected every aspect of daily life and every segment of Indian society. From her vantage point in Delhi, world-renowned photographer Dayanita Singh provides a first-person account of the realities of the current situation, her knowledge of its effects on her colleagues in arts communities, and indicates what and where help is most urgently needed.
Disruption and Displacement: Lotty Rosenfeld’s Una milla de cruces sobre el pavimento and Its Afterlife in Pinochet’s Chile
In December 1979, walking down a long road in eastern Santiago de Chile, Rosenfeld bisected the center-line markings through the perpendicular application of broad white tape. Executed at the height of a dictatorship, her defiant gesture generated a powerful new social sign: a path of crosses.
A trailblazing figure in the Southern Cone art scene of the middle decades of the 20th century, Yente (Eugenia Crenovich) has, until recently, received little recognition for her critical contributions to abstraction in Argentina. This essay discusses the context in which the artist realized one of her most unusual pieces, Object (1946), a work of art that defies clear alignment with either painting or sculpture.
Carlito Carvalhosa, who died in May at the age of 59, was one of the most widely praised contemporary figures in Brazilian art. In this homage to the late artist, Luis Pérez-Oramas reflects on their collaboration for the 2011 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Sum of Days.
Temptations to pronounce a politics of ecology and technology are incisively moderated in this essay on Tetsumi Kudo’s multimedia installation, presented in MoMA’s Gallery 420 through the fall, prompting a broader critical commentary on the negotiations of cultural typification and belonging in the artist’s oeuvre.
Curator Heloisa Espada sheds light on Geraldo de Barros’ 1951 Fotoforma exhibition, one of the earliest exhibitions of photography in a Brazilian museum.
The Modernist Gaze and the City: Notes on Photography and Urban Repertoires in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in the 1940s and ’50s
This essay is the first in a series of texts on the Foto Cine Club Bandeirante, a group of amateur photographers whose ambitious and innovative works embodied the abundant originality of postwar Brazilian culture. The series coincides with the exhibition Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946–1964, on view at the Museum of Modern Art from May 8 to September 26, 2021.
This essay looks at The Illusionist (1977), a print by Estonian artist Jüri Arrak in MoMA’s Drawings and Prints collection, and explores the larger context of the artist’s practice.
Widely distributed in recent years and now in MoMA’s collection, the two-minute video depicts Parente entering a closet and hanging up her sweater without first removing it from her body.
On view in the David Geffen Wing until October 25, 2021, this text considers the passbook, recorded and framed by Sue Williamson, as an object that has survived to bear testimony to the presentness of the past.
This essay considers the photographic work of Sanlé Sory and Ambroise Ngaimoko as part of the flourishing music, cinema, and art scenes in Burkina Faso and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where studio photography was a part of the creative expression and self-styling of these nascent republics.