MoMA’s New Online Archive Examines 60 Years of the Museum’s Groundbreaking Exhibition History


If you’ve ever wondered what the exhibitions looked like for MoMA’s earliest, and in some cases, groundbreaking shows, look to the museum’s new online archives. MOMA has digitized its exhibition installation images, and you can browse everything from its 1929 Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat, Van Gogh exhibition to Kynaston McShine’s Information show in 1970, one of the earliest surveys of conceptual art. There’s also a candid of Audrey Hepburn admiring a Picasso in 1957 (the museum’s most exhibited artist, featured in 320 exhibitions), the first solo show devoted to a female artist (Dahlov Zorach Ipcar), and almost 33,000 other photographs, many of them never available previously. If show catalogues are your thing, check out MoMA’s collection of 800 out-of-print catalogues and other exhibition documents for more than 3,500 shows starting in 1929 through 1989. MoMA has plans to build an archive for their film and performance departments, but this should keep you busy until that time.