MoMA Makes an African American Push

BlackPope at Moma

The Museum of Modern Art has recently acquired a disparate group of artworks, adding muscle to its already world-class permanent collection. Some were gifts promised years ago and only now finalized; others are newer additions that suggest the areas that curators feel need to be strengthened.


MoMA bought several works too, including John Outterbridge’s “Broken Dance, Ethnic Heritage Series,” from 1978-82, one of his assemblage sculptures, as well as “The Lifted X,” a welded steel sculpture by Melvin Edwards from 1965. And the museum’s drawing committee purchased Charles White’s “Black Pope (Sandwich Board Man,)” a 1973 image of an African-American man draped in robes and wearing a large cross on his head, flashing a peace sign with his left hand.  Two sculptures by David Hammons, including “Untitled (Night Train)” from 1989, are part of a gift by A C Hudgins, a trustee, and his family, who have also given the museum one of Senga Nenguid’s so-called “pantyhose pieces,” a single pair of darkly colored, stretched and distorted nylon pantyhose tacked to a wall with splayed limbs, from 1976


Gifts and Purchases Help MoMA Close Gaps in Its Holdings


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Celebration of over 150 years of Black Literary and Artistic development in Paris

Here you will find the works of one of the most prolific African American artists. Based in Paris, France, this selection includes current masterpieces as well retrospectives from a body of over 30 years as an ethnic artist painting in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Your choice of paintings, prints, posters, postcards, puzzles, memorabilia, T-shirts, collectibles, accessories,and more, is only a click away. Read more

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