Museum of Modern Art

Memorable Movie Scenes in Museums

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This week, two of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world celebrate anniversaries — the Smithsonian and the Louvre (168 and 221 years respectively). The cultural impact each museum has had on our society is astounding — making them rich locations for filmmakers throughout history. We explored ten scenes in cinema set inside (and around) museums that make use of the cultural and historical sites as beautiful backdrops, but also a metaphorical crossroads of human connection.
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Famous Paintings to Peruse on Google’s New Indoor Maps Feature

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Ever wanted to see the Met’s Impressionist wing without booking a trip to New York? To browse presidential portraits inside the White House? Take in the newest MOMA exhibition from your couch? You can.

While Google Maps may get you to the front door of your destination, its newest feature, “Indoor Maps,” can help you figure out where to go next. Originally a feature exclusive to Android, last week Google expanded Indoor Maps to be available on web browsers, bringing the user inside an assortment of transportation, shopping, and cultural destinations, from airports to malls, casinos to train stations; a full list of locations is available here.
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Marina Abramović’s MoMA Blockbuster Becomes a Movie

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Performance art has never had a more enthusiastic audience than the one that lined up for Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010. A blockbuster of major proportions, the show was viewed by 750,000 people — some sleeping outside the museum overnight just for a chance to silently sit opposite the artist during her daily, 7 and a half hour, endurance-testing performance for 72 days. The widely acclaimed retrospective presented highlights from the artist’s 40-year career in a variety of media — from art photography and documentary videos to staged installations and re-performances by a cast of trained players — but within a short three months it was over. Now The Artist is Present lives again — offering even more viewers a chance to see the spectacle — in the form of a feature-length, documentary film.
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Early 20th-Century Photos of the Real Paris

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While the massive Cindy Sherman retrospective might be getting all the buzz, the work of another incredibly talented photographer, Eugène Atget, is currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art as well. Unlike Sherman, Atget rarely captured images of people in his work, which he humbly intended for other artists to use as source material. Instead, he spent his 30-year career snapping photos in the streets of Paris, focusing his lens on the architectural details of building facades, carefully-composed window displays, and abandoned parks.

Looking at these romantic images, made even dreamier thanks to his use of long exposures, you get the sense that the French photographer would have enjoyed commiserating over un café with Owen Wilson’s character in Midnight in Paris. Check out Atget’s work in person at the MoMA through April 9th; click through to preview a selection of the images on display in our slideshow, spotted thanks to PDN.
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Who Is the Real Cindy Sherman?

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For 35 years, artist Cindy Sherman has played “dress-up,” only, it’s much more than that. With an exuberant array of costumes, make-up, wigs, and giant pendulum breast prosthetics, she’s been a schoolgirl, a playboy, a partying heiress, a Leonardo da Vinci boy muse, and a tattooed seductress. “I really don’t think that they are about me,” Sherman told New York Magazine back in 2008, speaking specifically of the work in her famous Film Stills series. “It’s maybe about me maybe not wanting to be me and wanting to be all these other characters. Or at least try them on.” Sherman’s career retrospective opens this Sunday at MoMA and for the occasion, we’d like to introduce you to a few Cindy Shermans.
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