MoMA has been making several changes to their exhibitions, rotating certain pieces and pulling treasures out of their vault to keep things interesting. If the $20 adult admission fee doesn’t faze you, then it might be worth it just to see the new pieces in the first floor atrium exhibition space. The Twomblys have been relocated and the museum finally makes use of the high ceilings by installing Martin Puryear’s delicately soaring sculptures.
Part of the museum’s special sixth floor exhibit, Puryear’s retrospective at MoMA is not arranged chronologically but thematically, according to the artistic processes involved in creating each piece. The changes MoMA has made with lighting highlights the grandly scaled sculptures, particularly in the evening. Regardless, the minimalism of the space and sculptures somehow complement each other and is a brilliant usage of the atrium. Although photography is not permitted on the sixth floor (as usual), AO has photos of the atrium pieces taken from several floors above the vanishing points of the sculptures.
November 4, 2007 – January 14, 2008
The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor
The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor