Time Machine

MoMA launches extensive digital archive dating back to its 1929 founding

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Installation view of the exhibition Bauhaus: 1919-1928, on view December 7, 1938 through January 30, 1939 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. (Courtesy MoMA/Peter Juley)

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has launched a comprehensive online exhibition archive that dates back to the museum’s founding in 1929. The database will be accessible to historians, students, artists, and anyone interested in modern and contemporary art. It features materials from over 3,500 exhibitions, including installation photography, press releases, catalogues, and more.

The resources are available at no charge, as to “directly align with the Museum’s mission of encouraging an ever-deeper understanding of modern and contemporary art and fostering scholarship,” according to a press release from the museum. The exhibition history project was initiated and overseen by Michelle Elligott, chief of archives, and Fiona Romeo, director of digital content and strategy. The process took three MoMA archivists two and a half years to integrate over 22,000 folders of exhibition records dating from 1929 to 1989. Future phases of the project will include thousands of film series presented by MoMA’s Department of Film over its 80-year history, a history of performance at MoMA and MoMA PS1, and the exhibition history of MoMA PS1.

Visit the archive at moma.org/history.

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