Among Others : Blackness at MoMA - the exhibition catalogue from MoMA available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Among Others : Blackness at MoMA

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'Exemplary for its combination of new research, interpretive analysis and quantities of information' - New York Times

A collection catalogue telling the story of the MoMA's relationship with race in general and black artists and their work 

Among Others: Blackness at MoMA begins with an essay that provides a rigorous and in-depth analysis of MoMA’s history regarding racial issues. 

Of particular note is the essay by Mabel O. Wilson, the designer and professor of architecture at Columbia University, which zeros in on the lost potential, especially in urban design and therefore social justice, caused by the unusual whiteness — even by MoMA’s standards — of its architecture and design holdings. There follows in alphabetical order and running to some 350 pages, all the black artists who have works in the museum’s collection, accompanied by photographs of their art and commentary by one of about 130 curators, art historians or artists. Works by artists who touch on racial difference or injustice, like Brancusi, José Clemente Orozco and Alice Neel, are also included.

As a collection book, the volume provides scholars and curators with information about the Museum’s holdings, at times disclosing works that have been little documented or exhibited. The numerous and high-quality illustrations will appeal to anyone interested in art made by black artists, or in modern art in general.

One of the New York Times Best Art Books of 2019.

  • Author: Darby English
  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Date published: July 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1633450349
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 24.0 cm

'Exemplary for its combination of new research, interpretive analysis and quantities of information' - New York Times

'As museums across the world reevaluate their histories while acknowledging past instances of racism and sexism, Among Others, an anthology about the Museum of Modern Art’s maligned ways of dealing with blackness over the decades, serves as a critical tome. It takes to task the very premise that the institution is built on—that Europeans and Americans are somehow exceptional while everything else is secondary. As its editors write, “In what conception of ‘importance’ do only white men—and the odd woman or black person—get to be MoMA-great?”' -