Art aficionados looking for New York abstract art certainly can find what they are looking for at the Museum of Modern Art. Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, MoMA, as it is called, has dedicated itself to being the premier museum of its kind in the world.
To that end, the museum has established, preserved, and documented a permanent collection that is unrivaled, one that demonstrates all the vitality, complexity and unfolding patterns of modern and contemporary art.
MoMA also regularly presents exhibitions and educational programs, maintains a library, archive and conservation lab that are recognized internationally as centers of artistic research and serves as a foundation for the museum’s commitment to supporting scholarship and the subsequent publication of research of preeminent intellectual merit.
The Museum of Modern Art was the brainchild of three progressive and influential patrons of the arts – Miss Lillie P. Bliss, Mrs. Cornelius J. Sullivan, and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. – who came together to challenge the conservative policies of traditional museums by establishing an institution devoted exclusively to modern art.
Starting with an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing, the Museum of Modern Art’s collection now includes more than 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects.
Additionally, the museum owns approximately 22,000 films and four million film stills, and its Library and Archives hold in excess of 300,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, and extensive individual files on more than 70,000 artists, as well as primary source material related to the history of the museum itself, as well as modern and contemporary art.
With its mission centered on creating a dialogue between the established and the experimental, the past and the present, the Museum of Modern Art has established an environment that is responsive to the issues of modern and contemporary art, while remaining open and accessible to a board public audience that spans the distance between the scholarly and the young.