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Alexander Calder. A Universe. 1934. Painted iron pipe, steel wire, motor, and wood with string. 40 1/2 x 30 x 29″ (102.9 x 76.2 x 73.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (by exchange). © 2020 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Museum Exhibitions

Alexander Calder

Modern from the Start

Museum of Modern Art, New York
Sep 13, 2020 – Jan 3, 2021

The Museum of Modern Art announces Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, a focused look at one of the most well-known and beloved artists of the 20th century through the lens of his relationship with MoMA. On view from September 13, 2020 through January 3, 2021, Modern from the Start will include approximately 70 artworks paired with film, historical photographs, and other archival materials drawn from MoMA’s collection and augmented by key loans from the Calder Foundation, New York.

Aligned with the Museum’s commitment to exploring all facets of its collection, Modern from the Start will take a deep dive into the work of Calder and provide a timely opportunity to revisit his legacy. Following a loose chronology, the exhibition will present examples from the full scope of Calder’s work, from the earliest wire sculptures of the 1920s through the large-scale mono- and polychrome stabiles and standing mobiles of his later years. Part of the exhibition will focus on the artist’s work up until his midcareer retrospective at MoMA in 1943, including the wire sculpture Josephine Baker (III) (c. 1927); A Universe (1934), the first work by Calder to enter the Museum’s collection; painted sculptural reliefs, works on paper, and rarely seen motorized works, all from the 1930s; a group of Constellation sculptures from the 1940s; and a selection of jewelry made by Calder for his family and friends.

For more information, please visit MoMA's website.

Museum Exhibitions — MoMA Announces "Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start", Feb 14, 2020