A shot of the MOMA exterior

New York MOMA

Whilst I love the Met my favourite gallery in New York is actually the MOMA.  It tends to be a hit and miss and I have had a few trips where the exhibitions haven’t really appealed but there are so many amazing pieces in the gallery that even if the current exhibition doesn’t do it for you you’ll find something you like and it’s always incredibly thought provoking.

I didn’t know much about the history of the museum but according to Google it opened today in 1939 although the history reported on Wikipedia is a bit different.  Apparently the idea to establish the MOMA was developed by the wife of John Rockefeller Jr, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller in 1929 along with two of her high society friends.

They rented a property  in the Heckscher Building at 730 Fifth Avenue (corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street) in Manhattan, and it opened to the public on November 7, 1929, which was only nine days after the Wall Street Crash.  When it opened the museum was the only establishment  devoted exclusively to modern art. Over the next 10 years the museum moved into three different temporary locations until funds were available for the current site – Midtown Manhattan, on 53rd street between fifth and sixth avenues.


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