July–August with MoMA

LowryDear Friends:

The energy and excitement of summer is taking hold at MoMA, with The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at the center of the season’s activities; it’s the setting for Summergarden, presenting free contemporary classical and jazz concerts on Sunday evenings in July, and Summer Thursdays, which feature live music from experimental and indie acts throughout July and August. A new installation brings works made in the 1960s to the Sculpture Garden, including a stainless steel construction by David Smith and a 13-foot-tall sculpture with a mobile top by Alexander Calder.

In the galleries, a major retrospective of Bruce Conner’s pioneering work across sculpture, film, photography, painting, and assemblage, opening July 3, promises to be the must-see exhibition of the season. You’ll also want to visit soon to catch Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty and A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond before they close on July 24 and 31, respectively.

At MoMA PS1, this year’s winning Young Architects Program installation, by Escobedo Soliz Studio, blankets the courtyard with a colorful woven canopy of ropes, and provides the perfect backdrop for the weekly Warm Up dance parties that have become a hallmark of summer in New York City. And a major celebration of MoMA PS1’s 40th anniversary captures the radical vision and experimental spirit of the pivotal art, artists, and curators that have been part of its history.

Glenn D. Lowry