MoMA, New York City
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11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019-5497
+1 212 708 9400

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The Museum of Modern Art, commonly called MoMA, is a must see in New York City. Founded in 1929 by three grande dames, Lillie P. Bliss, Mary Quinn Sullivan, and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, this gallery of modern and contemporary art is home to some 200,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, books, architectural models and design objects and boasts works by Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, Pollock and Warhol. Why take children? The art is bright, bold and beautiful. The museum is airy and spacious. MoMA boasts an awesome family program and interactive space where children can explore and create. How to keep it fun? Kids like cool pictures but have little interest in art history. Discuss colors and shapes rather than art movements and eras of art. Pack a notepad and colored pencils and have children sketch their own masterpieces. Take advantage of the museum's family resources and programs including gallery guides, workshops, talks and tours, and teen nights. Focus on works kids find inspiring. Bail out when they get bored.
What is Modernism?
Modernism, also known as Modern Art, describes the style and theory of art from the 1860s through the 1970s. The term refers to a broad movement in Western art, which rejected tradition and made a clear break from the conservative values of realism. This period in art history is characterized by innovation and experimentation. The movement was driven by the political, economic and social pressures of the industrial age. Modernism isn't a singular expression but rather a multiplicity of styles, including post-impressionism, fauvism, cubism, dadaism, and futurism. Edouard Manet is considered by many to be the first modern artist. Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali, Edvard Munch, Paul Klee, Joan Miro and Marc Chagall are all famous modernists.
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