press release

The exhibitions of Making Choices will be installed throughout the Museum, according to the following schedule: March 16 – July 26, 2000: Second Floor April 6 – September 5, 2000: Fourth Floor April 30 – September 12, 2000: Third Floor

Making Choices, the second cycle of MoMA2000 exhibitions, will focus on the years between 1920 and 1960, a period of social and political turmoil and spirited artistic debate. As the original visions of modern art matured, they simultaneously provoked dissenting reactions and spawned parallel experiments in a variety of mediums. Faced with competing opportunities and imperatives, artists were obliged to make choices. To emphasize the contentions and vital complexities of modern art’s middle years, Making Choices will present about twenty distinct exhibitions. Some will be devoted to particular artistic episodes, disputes, themes, programs, or traditions; others will concentrate on a single medium or moment; and others will span the century, drawing on works from virtually every one of the Museum’s collections.

The goal of Making Choices is simultaneously to emphasize the richness and variety of modern art as it is represented in The Museum of Modern Art’s collections and to evoke the divergent goals, philosophies, and traditions that brought these works into being.

Among the exhibitions are:

The Dream of Utopia/Utopia of the Dream: A consideration of the sharp opposition between the radical visions set forth by Surrealism, on the one hand, and by the utopian abstraction of artists such as Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich, on the other

Modern Living 1 and 2 : Two separate displays of furniture and architecture that embody the domestic ideals that arose in the wake of the two World Wars

Walker Evans & Company: An experiment in mapping artistic tradition, in which the photographs of Walker Evans will be presented together with related work by his predecessors, contemporaries, and successors

Anatomically Incorrect: A close look at the distorted depictions of the body by artists working in the Surrealist milieu, shown with contemporary works that exaggerate and update the theme

Modern Art despite Modernism: A reconsideration of the many and often vigorous conservative reactions to radical modernist art

Useless Science: An investigation of the theme of pseudoscience, through artworks that mimicked scientific methods; and of the absurd as a philosophical, literary, and artistic concept

One Thing and Another: The Double Life of Transparency in Twentieth- Century Art: An exploration of the formal device of transparency employed in a wide range of mediums

New York Salon and Paris Salon: A cross-section of painting and sculpture that marked the beginning of the New York School’s rise to prominence, and a companion exhibition featuring the stylistically diverse work typical of the annual Paris Salons from the 1920s through the 1950s

Smaller installations will be devoted to individual accomplishment in the diverse work of Jean Arp, the etchings of Giorgio Morandi, and the photography of Man Ray and Henri Cartier-Bresson.