US art: MoMA

Venue: Museum of Modern Art, New York City

Lens: Sigma 35 mm f/1.4

Music: LCD Soundsystem – American dream (

The last episode in the US art series, at least for now, takes us to one of the best established museums for modern art in the world, the MoMA in Manhattan’s Midtown. Along with some of the iconic art pieces from their permanent collection I’ll also show you some of my favorite works of Robert Rauschenberg who was the main focus of the temporary exhibition at the time I visited.

As in the previous posts of the series, we again start with a shot from the main staircase, this time of a painting depicting people on the staircase. This must the art analog of a recursive relation in mathematics.
I started from the top floor, slowly making my way down. The top floor is also showing some temporary works, this installation for example.
Another one of the works on the top floor, a collage of what appear to be children drawings glued together.
Moving on to the permanent collection of MoMA and this Tahitian woman by Paul Gauguin.
Probably the most famous and well-photographed work in MoMA, the magical Starry Night of Vincent van Gogh.
Beauford Delaney’s Composition 16 certainly can’t compare to the Starry Night’s fame, but I quite like this symphony of bright color.
If van Gogh’s work ranks as the most famous one in MoMA, then surely the Persistence of Memory of Dali, as small as it is, must be a close second.
Moving one floor down and two decades later, this is yet another American flag by Jasper Johns (this time it’s only one as opposed to the three flags of Johns from my post about Whitney). Johns was a long-time lover of Robert Rauschenberg, who will be on focus next.
The temporary exhibition was mostly devoted to Rauschenberg, and just like this old lady I was really amazed by his works. I hope to convince you in Rauschenberg’s skill by the end of this post.
Rauschenberg was one of the founders of the American pop art movement, and was a painter, a sculptor, a photographer and a performance artist combined in one.
He often combined three-dimensional objects in his paintings…
..and sometimes used more sophisticated equipment to create new experiences like this bubbly mud bath.
Rauschenberg is also well-known for his street sign compositions.
Another of Rauschenberg’s street sign jumbles and the last photo from my “US art” series. Hopefully soon I’ll get back to you with more contemporary art, this time from the east side of the Atlantic.

23 thoughts on “US art: MoMA

  1. This is WONDERFUL! Thank you. Starry Night is a hallmark in my preschool classroom, and begins the journey of loving art for children. For me, your photograph of the masterpiece AND a person gives me the perspective of size and color that a poster can never duplicate. I love the other pieces as well. Thank you so much. I must get to MoMA!

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