Virtually explore the MoMA with Smarthistory as your guide
videos + essays
Arndt’s choice to pose herself among so many textures, clothes, and props in Self-Portrait with Veil suggests she was well aware of the power of photography to interrogate gender roles.
Severini and Boccioni use brilliant colors, abstraction, fragmentation and repetition of forms to create a vibrant whirling energy.
The Futurists called for the destruction of museums, libraries, and cultural monuments and glorified modern technology and the speed of automobiles, trains, and airplanes.
Artist Henri Rousseau painted The Dream in 1910, and it's imagery of a woman lounging on a sofa in the jungle was as surreal then as it is today.
Three Musicians looks like a collage made from cut out pieces of colored paper — but it is an oil painting.
When we consider what a Cubist painting represents we engage in an intellectual or conceptual activity rather than a merely perceptual or visual one.
The American flag is a potent symbol that has different meanings for different viewers.
Cheap fabric with a garish print becomes an eerie specter of surveillance thanks to some creative chemistry.
Malevich believed that artists, and art, could pave the way to a better future. But would they?
Kosuth wrote that “being an artist now means to question the nature of art.” Take a seat to find out how he did it.
Moholy-Nagy claimed to create these objects without touching them or even seeing them—how does that work?
Rejecting traditional subject matter, Balla paints an object that is forthrightly modern and technological.