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Twenty-Four Exhibitions Present Faceted Look at the Conflicts and Complexities
of Modern Art's Middle Years


Making Choices


The exhibitions of Making Choices will be installed throughout the Museum, according to the following schedule:

March 16-August 22, 2000: Ground and Second Floors 

Art ls Arp
The Dream of Utopia/Utopia of the Dream
Walker Evans & Company
Kahn 's Modern Monuments
Man Ray, Photographer
Modern Art despite Modernism
Modern Living 1
Giorgio Morandi Etchings
Paris Salon

March 30-September 19, 2000: Fourth Floor

The Marriage of Reason and Squalor
The Raw and the Cooked
Useless Science

April 30-September 26, 2000: Third Floor

Anatomically Incorrect
Home Movies
How Simple Can You Get?
Ideal Motif :  Stieglitz, Weston, Adams, and Callahan
Modern Living 2
New York Salon
The Observer : Cartier-Bresson after the War 
Paris Salon
The Rhetoric of Persuasion
Seeing Double

April 30-August 1 : The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden

Shigeru Ban.' A Paper Arch


© 2000 The Museum of Modern Art

Gold Marilyn Monroe



Synthetic polymer paint,silkscreened,and oil on canvas

211  144 cm


Three Women at the Spring



Oil on canvas

203  174  cm


Two Heads

ARP,Jean (originally Hans)


Painted wood relief

120  100  cm


Boy with Knapsack - Color Masses in the Fouth Dimension

MALEVICH, Kazimir.


Oil on canvas

71  45 cm



The Charnel House



Oil and charcoal on canvas

200   250  cm


Christina's World

WYETH Andrew


Tempera on gessoed panel

82  121  cm


Painting Ⅰ



Oil on canvas

113  112  cm


The False Mirror



Oil on canvas

54   81  cm


Making Choices, the second cycle of MoMA2000, focuses on the between 1920 and l960, a time of social and political turmoil and years spirited artistic debate. During this period, artists advanced competing notions of the
direction and meaning of modem art, resulting in diverse and simultaneous experiments in a variety of mediums. To emphasize the contentions and vital complexities of modern art's middle years, Making Choices will present 24 distinct exhibitions, which vary in size and scale. Taken as a whole, the group of exhibitions draws on works from every one of the Museum's. 
Rather than present a comprehensive survey of the period, the exhibitions celebrate the richness and variety of modern art as represented in The Museum of Modern Art's collections and evoke the divergent goals, philosophies, and traditions that brought these works into being.

Among the exhibitions are:

* The Dream of Utopia/Utopia of the Dream: A consideration of the sharp opposition between the radical visions set forth by Surrealism, on the one hand, and by the utopian abstraction of artists such as Piet  Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich, on the other

* Modern Living 1 and 2: Two separate displays of fhmiture and architecture that embody the domestic ideals that arose in the wake of the two World Wars

* Walker Evans & Company: An experiment in mapping artistic tradition, in which the photographs of Walker Evans will be presented together with related work by his predecessors, contemporaries, and successors

*Anatomically Incorrect: A close look at the distorted depictions of the body by artists working in the Surrealist milieu, shown with contemporary works that exaggerate and update the theme 

* Modern Art despite Modernism: A reconsideration of the many and often vigorous conservative reactions to radical modernist art

* Useless Science: An investigation of the theme of pseudoscience, through artworks that mimicked scientific methods; and of the absurd as a philosophical, literary, and artistic concept

* Seeing Double: An exploration of the formal device of transparency employed in a wide range of mediums

* New York Salon and Paris Salon: A cross section of painting and sculpture that marked the beginning of the New York School's rise to prominence, and a companion exhibition featuring the stylistically diverse
work typical of the Paris art scene from the 1920s through the 1950s

* Smaller installations will be devoted to individual accomplishment in the diverse work of Jean Arp, the monumental architectural schemes of Louis I. Kahn, the etchings of Giorgio Morandi, and the photography of Man Ray and Henri Cartier-Bresson.



Summary descriptions of the group of exhibitions that comprise Making Choices are outlined on a separate document.

As part of its contribution to Making Choices, the Department of Film and Video presents the exhibition Home Movies, which includes both a gallery installation and a screening program in the Museum's Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters. Integrated into the gallery exhibition Modern Living 2, the installation features a Swiss-manufactured 8mm Bolex projector (c. 1 958) that will project onto a standing screen a film loop commissioned from a variety of artists who work with found footage. The loops will change every month. In
conjunction with this installation, from May 5 through September 9, the film and video series traces the development of the genre, from its earliest manifestation at the birth of cinema, through amateur and celebrity home movies and historical works, to later permutations of the form. By focusing thematically on the family, the program examines how the definition of the home movie, as well as roles within the family structure, have changed over the decades.

Making Choices is coordinated by Peter Galassi, Chief Curator, Department of Photography; Robert Storr, Senior Curator, Arme Umland, Associate Curator, Beth Handler, Curatorial Assistant, and Carina Evangelista, Research Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture; and Josiana Bianchi, Public Programs Coordinator, Department of Education.

Collaborating with the coordinators are: M. Darsie Alexander, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography; Michael Carter, Senior Library Assistant, Library; Kathleen Curry, Assistant Curator, Research and Collections, Department of Drawings; Starr Figura, Assistant Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books; Kristin Helmick-Brunet, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings; Paulo Herkenhoff, Adjunct Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture; Sarah Hermanson, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography; Virginia Heckert, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow, Department of Photography; Laura Hoptman, Assistant Curator, Department of Drawings; Jytte Jensen, Associate Curator, Department of Film and Video; Matilda McQuaid, Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design; Harper Montgomery, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books; Arme Morra, Assistant Curator, Department of Film and Video; Christopher Motmt, Assistant Curator, Department of Architecture and Design; Peter Reed, Curator,
Department of Architecture and Design; Wendy Weitman, Associate Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books; Charles Wright, Jr., Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

The publication Making Choices: 1929, 1939, 1948, 1955 is parallel to but different in conception from the exhibitions it accompanies. To capture the simultaneity of styles and artistic perspectives that were in play at any one time, the book will present a cross section of works in all mediums from each of four years-1929, 1939, 1948, and 1955. This across-the-board look at successive moments is designed to evoke the altemately converging and diverging development of different mediums, and the fresh initiatives, hardy survivals, active disputes, and unexpected correspondences that characterize the maturity of modem art. In addition, the Museum has published Modern Art despite Modernism and Walker Evans & Company, publications to
accompany two individual exhibitions within Making Choices.

The Museum of Modern Art's response to the millennium, MoMA2000 is a 1 7-month-long series of exhibitions that presents well-known and less-familiar art works in unusual juxtapositions and new contexts. An exploration of the Museum's unparalleled collection and of new ways of displaying it, MoMA2000 provides a provocative look at some of this century's most compelling and powerful art. Conceived in part as a preliminary laboratory for the reinstallation of the Museum's collection after the completion of our new building project, it offers fresh interpretations of the premises, meanings, and diversity of modem art.

MoMA2000, which began in October 1999, presents three major exhibition cycles that focus on distinct historical periods: 1 880 to 1920 (Modern Starts),1920 to l960 (Making Choices), and 1960 to the present (Open Ends). Each historical cycle will be interspersed with works from other periods, creating a dialogue between various historical moments. Installed throughout the entire Museum, works in all mediums will be presented in innovative, multidisciplinary ways.

Making Choices is part of MoMA2000, which is made possible by The Starr Foundation. Generous support is provided by Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro in memory of Louise Reinhardt Smith. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Contemporary Exhibition Fund of The Museum of Modem Art, established with gifts from Lily Auchincloss, Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, and Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, Mrs. Melville Wakeman Hall, and The Contemporary Arts Council and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modem Art. Education programs accompanying MoMA2000 are made possible by Paribas.The publication Making Choices: 1929, 1939, 1948, 1955 is made possible by The lnternational Council of The Museum of Modem Art. The interactive envirorment of Making Choices is supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Web/kiosk content management software is provided by SohoNet.

Walker Evans & Company is made possible by Robert and Joyce Menschel.
Modern Living 1 is made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis.
Home Movies is made possible by Agnes Gtmd and Daniel Shapiro.
How Simple Can You Get? is made possible by Sarah-Arm and Wemer H. Kramarsky.
New York Salon is made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. Marron.