Sneak Preview : The new Installation of MOMA's Atrium Gallery
TGIF everyone!! As always the impatient observer.. MAO was snooping around MOMA yesterday.
Here's a photo of the Jennifer Bartlett's Rhapsody, 1976 (a story about it) work being installed in MOMA's main atrium gallery as part of this up coming "Against the Grain: Contemporary Art from the Edward R. Broida Collection" show.
The "Rhapsody" painting is composed of 987 painted steel panels, each 12 x 12 inches. It fills 153 running feet of wall space and wraps the entire atrium.
It was once called by John Russell of the NYT, "The most ambitious single work of new art that had come his way since he started to live in NY"
Well.. Honestly, it's sad to say, but the work didn't look much better in person than it does in my
lame ass photo. Maybe it's the size of the space, volume, height, intense bright light, etc.. But, After reading so much about this work.. I was expecting to be impressed.. It looks flat, and unexciting. Well then again, maybe I'm just a jaded New Yorker!
Hopefully the rest of the amazing Broida gift (175 works) will be more impressive.
The new exhibit opens May 3rd!