Modernizing Modern Art

After decades of a relative lack of renovations or design changes, the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has digitized its vast archives. Visitors can now view the collections of art from any of the museum’s 87 year history.

The digital archive will include around 33,000 installation photographs, according to the New York Times article. Along with pages from out-of-print catalogs, and materials related to over 3,500 exhibitions between the museum’s founding in 1929–1989, with more recent years to be added soon.

The project is a “living archive [for the museum]…the first phase of bringing its history out in all its detail,” said Michelle Elligott, chief of the museum archives and a leader in the digitization project. Now, with such an expansive archive available for all to see, myriad images which had never been published online before are now out there for the world to see and enjoy. The past and present of a museum dedicated to Modernism and home to many works by famous artists such as Picasso, Cézanne, and van Gogh is made available for a global audience to experience the artistic heritage of the 20th century.

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