Modern Women: Women at The Museum of Modern Art

Cornelia Butler, Alexandra Schwartz | Modern Women: Women at The Museum of Modern Art

From The Museum of Modern Art’s founding by three pioneering women in 1929 to the disruptions and interventions of the 1960s and 1970s by women artists drawing attention to their own lack of representation in the Museum to contemporary work by women of the postfeminist generation, the history of women at MoMA is inextricable from the history of the institution. Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art, a groundbreaking examination of the Museum’s collection, looks at work over the course of this history, by the modern and contemporary women artists whose diversity of practices and contributions to the avant-garde movements of the twentieth century have been enormous, if often underrecognized. Fifty essays, written by many of the strongest voices in current thinking on art and gender, examine both canonical figures and lesser-known artists. Modern Womenattempts, in this great diversity of voices and ideas, to address the ways that history might account for the women missing from the familiar narrative of modernism; the ways that women variously fit into, redefine, or turn upside down the usual categories of art and art-making; and the ways that The Museum of Modern Art has been a site of both patronage and protest. Richly illustrated with works from MoMA’s collection, this publication offers a lively discourse around gender and the production of meaning in art, one absolutely necessary for a more complex understanding of the art of our time.

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