Inventing the Modern: Untold Stories of the Women Who Shaped The Museum of Modern Art

Inventing the Modern: Untold Stories of the Women Who Shaped The Museum of Modern Art

Inventing the Modern: Untold Stories of the Women Who Shaped The Museum of Modern Art

Inventing the Modern: Untold Stories of the Women Who Shaped The Museum of Modern Art

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The history of the MoMA from fourteen women who led the way, this compilation of art and history is perfect for fans of the museum, and of art history in general.

Profiles of fourteen women who transformed the country's foremost modern art museum in its fledgling years

Founded in 1929, the Museum of Modern Art owes much of its early success to a number of remarkable women who shaped the future of the institution in its first decades. As founders, patrons, curators and directors of various departments, these figures boldly defied societal norms to launch this radical venture during the depths of the Great Depression. They were fortunate in the freedoms afforded by uncharted territory; because the notion of a museum of modern art was new, there was a conspicuous absence of the professional prerequisites, official structures and respectable salaries that would have limited the jobs to men. This left the door open for a host of women to define their own roles and invent new fields. This book profiles 14 pioneering figures who made an indelible mark not only on MoMA, but on the culture of their time. Inventing the Modern transports the reader to the grit and glamour of midtown Manhattan in the 1930s and '40s. It deepens our understanding of MoMA's history and contributes to a broader understanding of women's achievement in the 20th century.
Subjects include: Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Lillie P. Bliss, Mary Quinn Sullivan, Margaret Scolari Barr, Ernestine Fantl, Iris Barry, Elodie Courter, Sarah Newmeyer, Dorothy Miller, Dorothy Dudley, Nancy Newhall, Elizabeth Mock, Olga Guggenheim, Jean Volkmer.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633450790
Publisher: MoMA
Publication date: 09/03/2024
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 319,900
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
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