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This article by Pat Summers was prepared for the December 4, 2002

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MoMA: Mother of Modern Art

Who knows how widely "MoMA" — the nickname for New

York’s Museum of Modern Art that rhymes with "coma" —

has been seen or thought of as "Mama" or "Momma" —

as in mother. With me anyway, that’s been the case ever since my first

brush with the place.

It can also be argued that the 73-year-old MoMa is in fact the

"Big Mama" of museums specializing in modern art. After MoMA

came the deluge of countless other institutional iterations,


of modern art.

Given that MoMA-the-museum is to some the fountainhead of modern

art, if not the mother of such institutions, maybe we can be indulged

in this take on MoMA’s temporary new location, in Queens, New York.

Because with or without layers of meaning, the good news is that MoMA

is easy to visit and worth the trip. (But isn’t that what your very

own momma always claimed anyway?)

Come to MoMA, little art lover. Even though your MoMA

has left West 53 Street for a few years, and settled in Queens, you’ll

love the new place. It’s much more manageable than the old one, which

is now being massively renovated and enlarged.

MoMA closed in Manhattan in May and "MoMA QNS" — a


building that was once a Swingline staple factory — opened in

Long Island City, Queens, at the end of June. The Queens facility

allows 160,000 square feet of space for exhibitions and operations,

and after "MoMA Manhattan" reopens in 2005, this site will

continue to serve.

Designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, the new and expanded MoMA on West 53

Street will be an entirely new museum, with more than double the space

for its exhibitions and programs. Two buildings, one whose first seven

floors will become the main exhibition galleries, and the second,

a first-time stand-alone education and research center, will frame

the enlarged sculpture garden.

If you have been a little nervous about visiting — as what grown

child of a MoMA occasionally has not been — you’ll especially

love to visit your MoMA on weekends. On Saturdays and Sundays, MoMA

will pick you up at her old place and deliver you close to her new

door, then afterwards, drop you off where you began.

That’s the easiest way to get to MoMA’s new digs: the free Queens

Artlink shuttle. On weekends, on the hour between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.,

a plushy bus pulls up in front of MoMA’s once and future 53 Street

building. Those who are waiting simply climb aboard to be driven,

in about 20 comfortable minutes, to MoMA QNS. On the half-hour, buses

transport visitors from Queens back to Manhattan. Another bus travels

from MoMA QNS to its affiliate, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and

four more Queens art destinations.

A taxi is another drive option, as is getting there via private car

or bus; specifics are available on the museum’s website


). The subway, No. 7 Local from Grand Central Station (a 15-minute

ride) or Times Square, is another quick and easy way to reach MoMA

in Queens. As you near your stop, 33 Street Queens, look out of the

windows on the right side of the train: a three-dimensional MoMA logo

forms atop the museum’s low blue building. Maybe not as grand as it

looks in the museum’s publicity, but ingenious nonetheless.

You have to visit your MoMA if you want to see your dear old friends,

comfortably ensconced at the new place. Not only that, MoMA has


some newcomers for you to meet.

They’re all easy to find in MoMA’s new one-floor building with 20-foot

high ceilings. Smooth ramps connect most levels of polished concrete

floors. Except for a few steps near the entrance, in fact, most every

part of MoMA is accessible by ramp. For instance, you go down a long

ramp to check your cloak or to powder your nose in a capacious women’s

room — the sort of modern design MoMA’s old place never offered.

And you will be thrilled to see once again Miro, van Gogh, Mondrian,

Pollock, de Kooning, Rothko, Rousseau. Matisse and Picasso are there

now too, of course. They are all part of the ongoing show "To

Be Looked At," a rotating selection of masterworks from the


permanent collection. Beginning in February, these two favorite


artists will be the subject of the blockbuster, "Matisse


a 140-work show examing the complex relationship between the two


50 years.

Duchamp can be found in Queens too, and besides his other


he must win the all-time art title contest with "To Be Looked

At (From the Other Side of the Glass) With One Eye, Close To, For

Almost an Hour." Among other milestones and curiosities you’ll

see again at MoMA, there’s Joseph Beuys’ "Iron Chest" (1968),

a relic of his performance days. In 1968, he filled it with fat and

100 bicycle pumps, then welded it shut. And here it is.

Richard Serra, whose art statements were writ comparatively small

in the late ’60s, weighs in with "Equal (Corner Prop Piece),"

in lead. And one of Britain’s bad boys, Chris Ofili, is there with

"Prince Amongst Thieves," with ingredients that include the

once-incendiary resin-coated elephant dung.

Near the lobby is a fascinating multi-modal area is devoted to


about MoMA’s building project. On two video screens, you can watch

"The Modern Procession" to this site last June, when


of works from the collection were ceremonially carried from 53 Street,

Manhattan, to the new site in Queens. There are a half-dozen PCs for

the electronically inclined, and a graphic wall display about Yoshio

Taniguchi’s design and the $800 million capital budget for its


And of course, MoMA would like you to stay for a bite to eat —

you know how mommas are about feeding the family. But, if you insist

on junk food, MoMA might sigh, but won’t try to stop you.

The fare available at MoMA QNS can be summed up as minimalist and

pricey. So it depends on whether you’ll pay the price for the somewhat

crowded ambiance — the cafe is cheek-by-jowl with the museum shop,

one level up from the entry ramp. Street vendors’ alternatives —

hot dogs, pretzels, soda, and so on — can be had right outside

in the fresh Queens air. There’s also a well-worn diner at the corner

between the museum and the shuttle bus stop where you can buy coffee

and a danish for less than "masterpiece" prices.

As usual, MoMA will invite you to take home some books to read, and

maybe a little memento of your visit. The museum shop is a small,

elbow-to-elbow version of the two floors of selling space on West

53 Street. Its biggest surprise is the panoply of MoMA QNS souvenirs

celebrating this building, from Metro card holders to compact folding

maps. The facility will stay in the family for future use as storage,

research, and other behind-the-scenes uses after the grand new MoMA


As suggested by myriad publications, MoMA was nothing if not


about decamping to Queens. The site is excitingly unconventional —

a design paradigm itself — and will probably win MoMA new friends

and patrons in the long run.

Yes, MoMA’s temporary home is accessible and welcoming. You will feel

wanted there. Elaine certainly did. She was easily heard exclaiming

to the museum guard in the first room of paintings: "As soon as

we turned the corner, I got interested. This is a real van Gogh? Now

I’m getting the chills!"

Elaine Hyland Peary, 45, had never been to an art museum before. On

the same day I got to MoMA QNS for the first time, she got to her

first museum. Walking around with her husband, Bill, and his uncle,

composer Angelo Musolino — both native New Yorkers and museum

habitues — Peary shared her impressions with everyone in earshot.

"I saw an Andy Warhol ("Orange Car Crash Fourteen Times,"

1963) — I’m really excited!" Not everything had that effect:


that bowl of water. I could do that," she said, dismissing


Aquarium," a glass bowl filled to the brim with water.

Let’s just say Peary preferred the works from the permanent collection

to those in the changing exhibitions. Or that she loved her MoMA,

although not uncritically.

Visit MoMA soon and there will be no guilt trips or embarrassing


— "where have you been?" and "who have you been


— you never call, you never write. And you needn’t come alone;

feel free to bring others with you. You’ll find MoMA more welcoming

than ever.

Altogether, it’s like a MoMA-makeover — and you’ll just love your

new MoMA.

MoMA QNS, or the Museum of Modern Art, 33rd Street at

Queens Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens, 212-708-9400. Monday,

Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.

to 7:45 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. $12; students and seniors

(65+) $8.50. For Queens Artlink, call 212-708-9750

or visit

Matisse Picasso will be on view from February 12 to May

19. The $20 ticket ($15.50 for students and seniors) includes entry

to "Matisse Picasso" and "To Be Looked At: Painting and

Sculpture from the Collection." A limited number of same day


will be available during the show. Purchase at MoMA, the MoMA Design

Stores, or from Ticketmaster, 866-879-6662;

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Art in Town

Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike, 609-924-7206.


of decorative and functional weavings by Princeton artist Armando

Sosa. A native of Salcaja, Guatemala, Sosa weaves his dreams on


looms creating scenes of soccer games, bullfights, and kite flying.

Open by appointment during school hours; to December 20.

SweeTree Gallery, 286 Alexander Street, 609-934-8665.

"One World, One Love," a vibrant show of art, crafts, and

jewelry featuring work by two area artists: ceramics by Erica Barton

Haba and glass art by Ed Steckley. Also on exhibit, hand-painted


silk, paintings, ceramics, and other arts from the Caribbean. Open

Fridays and Saturdays, 1 to 6 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. To



Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855.

Jorge Armenteros, owner of Little Taste of Cuba, introduces


Cuba," an exhibition of contemporary Cuban folk art presented

on the walls of Triumph. Show is on view through December.

Area Galleries

Artful Deposit Gallery, 201 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown,

609-298-6970. Group show by new gallery artists Eugene Maziarz, Joe

Kassa, and Ed DeWitt. Open Thursday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m..

Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To December 15.

Hopewell Frame Shop, 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell,


"Sky Flowers," paintings by Hartini Gibson. Open Tuesday to

Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To December


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Campus Arts

Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788.


in Focus: Watercolors from the Henry and Rose Pearlman


an exhibition of 16 rarely-seen works on paper by the precursor of

modern painting. Organized by Laura Giles, associate curator of prints

and drawings, the exhibition celebrates the publication of the first

scholarly catalogue on these watercolors which span the entire range

of Cezanne’s career. On long-term loan to the museum since 1976, the

works are rarely shown due to their sensitivity to light. To January


Also "Beyond the Visible: A Conservator’s Perspective;" to

January 5. "Lewis Baltz: Nevada and Other Photographs," an

exhibition of recently acquired photographs and series by Lewis Baltz;

to January 19. "Earth’s Beauty Revealed: The 19th-Century European

Landscape;" to January 12. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.

to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Highlights tours every Saturday at 2


Milberg Gallery, Firestone Library, Princeton University,

609-258-3184. "Unseen Hands: Women Printers, Binders, and Book

Designers," a Milberg Gallery exhibition curated by Rebecca Warren

Davidson. To March 30, 2003.

College of New Jersey, Art Gallery, Holman Hall, Ewing,

609-771-2198. "A Painting for Over the Sofa (that isn’t really

a painting)," an invitational exhibition curated by the Bernice

Steinbaum Gallery. Artists represented by paintings and inflatable

sofas include Louise Bourgeois, Rico Gatson, Hung Lui, Pepon Osorio,

Miriam Schapiro, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Deborah Willis. Open

Monday to Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; Thursdays 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday,

1 to 3 p.m. To December 11.

Gallery at Mercer County College, Communications Center,

609-586-4800, ext. 3589. "Line of Inquiry: Artworks that celebrate

the element of Line." Invited artists are Joy Kreves, Elizabeth

McCue, Helen Mirkil, Paul Mordetsky, and Harry Naar. Artists gallery

talks December 4, at 7 p.m., and December 11, at noon. Gallery hours

Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday evenings 6 to 8

p.m.; Thursday evenings 7 to 9 p.m. To December 19.

Lawrenceville School, Gruss Center of Visual Arts,


609-620-6026. In the Hutchins Gallery, "David FeBland:


Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to noon; and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday

and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. To December 10.

Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center,


609-895-5589. "This and That: The Art of Michael Ramus," a

retrospective show featuring the paintings, drawings, and


of the Princeton-based artist. Gallery hours are Tuesday through


11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. To December 17.

Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. Exhibitions include: "Paul Signac: A

Collection of Watercolors and Drawings"; to January 19.


Cover Design, 1920s to 1930s: The Graphic Face of the


and Stalinist Periods"; to March 30. "Sonia Delaunay: La


celebrating the accomplishments of the key figure (1885 to 1979) in

the development of 20th-century abstraction; to December 28.

Also "Yurii Dyshlenko: Abstraction, Modernity, and Mass


to January 12. "The National Association of Women Artists


at Rutgers," to December 8. "Ben Shahn: The Rilke


to December 31. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to

4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Spotlight tours every

Sunday at 2 and 3 p.m. Admission $3 adults; under 18 free; and free

on the first Sunday of every month.

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Art by the River

Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville,


Annual holiday show featuring paintings by Katharine Steele Renninger

and watercolors by Barbara Watts. Gallery hours are Wednesday to


noon to 5 p.m. To January 12.

Greene and Greene Gallery, 32 Bridge Street, Lambertville,

609-397-7774. Holiday jewelry show. Open Sunday to Friday, 11 a.m.

to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To December 31.

Louisa Melrose Gallery, 41 Bridge Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-1470. Holiday invitational show of gallery artists including

Ed Baumlin, Ed Bronstein, W. Carl Burger, Christian Corey, Nessa


Carol Ross, Rhoda Yanow, and Frank Zuccarelli. Open Wednesday &


11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Sunday,

noon to 5 p.m. To January 30.

Studio 233, 233 North Union Street, Lambertville,


Recent paintings by Ellie Wyeth Fox and ceramic work by the gallery’s

resident artist Jim Webb. Gallery open Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.

to 6 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. To December 22.

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Area Museums

American Hungarian Foundation Museum, 300 Somerset Street,

New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "From the Old World to the New


recent additions to the collection featuring works by nine Hungarian

Americans who emigrated to the U.S. between 1920 and 1957. Artists

are Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Bertha and Elena De Hellenbranth, Sandor


Emil Kelemen, Willy Pogany, Tibor Gergely, Zoltan Poharnok, and


Korda. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and

Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $5 donation. To April, 2003.

Cornelius Low House Museum, 1225 River Road, Piscataway,

732-745-4177. "Uncommon Clay: New Jersey’s Architectural Terra

Cotta Industry," an exhibition of artifacts and written and oral

histories of New Jersey’s once booming architectural ceramics


Open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

On view to May 30, 2003.

East Jersey Olde Towne Village, 1050 River Road,


732-745-3030. National touring exhibit, "Preserving Memory:


Monumental Legacy," telling the stories behind America’s outdoor


Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park,


"Robert Sakson: Alone at Last," a solo show by Trenton’s


watercolor artist, part of the Trenton art scene for over 40


Saxon is a member of the major watercolor societies; his work is in

the permanent collections of Princeton’s Firestone Library, the


Shearson-Lehman, Avon Corporation, AT&T, and others. Museum hours

are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

To January 5.

Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "Earth, River, and Light: Masterworks of


Impressionism," an exhibition of notable and rarely exhibited

Pennsylvania Impressionist works drawn from the private holdings of

regional collectors. The touring show originates at the Michener and

is accompanied by a new, comprehensive study of Pennsylvania


by Brian Peterson; to December 29. $6 adult; $3 child.

Also "The Berenstain Bears Celebrate: The Art of Stan and Jan

Berenstain," the storybook authors’ first museum retrospective,

organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum and curated by David Leopold.

The show coincides with the publication of "Down a Sunny Dirt

Road: An Autobiography" by Random House; to January 12. $10 adult;

$7 child.

Also "Retreating to Ideal Environments," works from the New

Hope colony by Daniel Garber, Fern Coppedge, Robert Spencer, and


to February 2. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday

and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday evenings to 9 p.m.

New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, College Farm Road and

Route 1, North Brunswick, 732-249-2077. "Barnscapes: The Changing

Face of Agriculture in New Jersey," photographs of New Jersey

barns and farmlands, with 42 images by New Jersey landscape


Louise Rosskam. On view to January 17. $4 adults, $2 children.

New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton,

609-292-6464. "100 New Jersey Artists Make Prints," an


celebrating 15 years of the New Jersey Print and Paper fellows program

at the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper (RCIPP). Judith

Brodsky, Rutgers professor emerita, is founding director of RCIPP

which is currently directed by Lynne Allen. Museum hours are Tuesday

to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To



Also "Cultures in Competition: Indians and Europeans in Colonial

New Jersey." Show traces the impact of European settlement on

the native Indians’ way of life after 1600.

On extended view: "Art by African-Americans: A Selection

from the Collection;" "New Jersey’s Native Americans: The

Archaeological Record;" "Delaware Indians of New Jersey;"

"The Sisler Collection of North American Mammals;" "Of

Rock and Fire;" "Neptune’s Architects;" "The


"New Jersey Ceramics, Silver, Glass and Iron;" "Historical

Archaeology of Colonial New Jersey;" "Washington Crossing

the Delaware."

New Jersey State Museum, Department of State, 225

West State Street, Trenton, 609-292-6464. "A Decade of Collecting:

Works from the Museum’s Archaeological, Ethnographic, and Natural

History Collections." Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.,

to January 5, 2003.

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Extension Gallery, 60 Sculptors Way, Mercerville,


Bronze sculptures by LaRue Harding. Gallery hours are Monday to


10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To December 12.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Fall/Winter Exhibition. In the Museum, new work by glass

artist Dale Chihuly, to April 6, 2003. In the Domestic Arts Building,

work by winners of 2002 Outstanding Student Achievement in


Sculpture Award, to January 10, 2003. Regular park admission $4 to


Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., year round; Sunday

is Members Day. Adult admission $4 Tuesday through Thursday; $7 Friday

and Saturday; and $10 Sunday. Memberships start at $55.

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