MoMA

Here are two books centered on exhibitions that were at the MoMA this past year

Jeff Wall’s ( TR 647 .W355 2007 ) large color transparencies set forth an imposing and seductive pictorial world. Ranging from the gritty realism of the city street to bizarre flights of fantasy, his photographs have won him wide recognition as one of the most adventurous and accomplished artists of the past three decades. This book accompanies a major retrospective jointly organized in 2007 by Peter Galassi, Chief Curator of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Neal Benezra, Director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Includes 98 illustrations (80 color, 18 b&w). You can see the online exhibition here.

The Museum of Modern Art and Creative Time, the New York-based public art organization,  jointly commissioned Doug Aitken to create the artist’s first large-scale public artwork in the United States. The project (Sleepwalkers) was also the first to bring art to MoMA’s exterior walls, with continuous sequences of film scenes projected onto seven facades outside the museum, including those overlooking The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Inspired by the densely built environment of New York’s midtown, the artist will create a cinematic art experience that directly integrates with the architectural fabric of the city while simultaneously enhancing and challenging viewers’ perceptions of public space.

The book Sleepwalkers ( M Aitke .A4 A4 2007 ) expands on the ideas raised by the film, contains essays by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator in the Department of Media at The Museum of Modern Art, and Peter Eleey, Curator and Producer at Creative Time, as well as conversations between Aitken and a variety of artists, architects, writers, and performers about different elements of city life—from the lit signage of Times Square to a taxi-driver’s-eye view of the streets. You can view the online exhibition here.

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