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Alexander Calder:
Modern from the Start

March 14, 2021 – January 15, 2022

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art announces Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, a focused look at one of the most well-known and beloved artists of the 20th century through the lens of his relationship with MoMA. On view from March 14, 2021, through January 15, 2021, Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start will include approximately 70 artworks paired with film, historical photographs, and other archival materials drawn from MoMA’s collection and augmented by key loans from the Calder Foundation, New York. The exhibition is organized by Cara Manes, Associate Curator, with Zuna Maza and Makayla Bailey, Curatorial Fellows, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start is organized by Cara Manes, Associate Curator, with Zuna Maza and Makayla Bailey, Curatorial Fellows, Department of Painting and Sculpture. 

Leadership support for the exhibition is provided by the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation.

Generous funding is provided by the Alice L. Walton Foundation, Jeanne and Bob Savitt, Robert F. Shapiro, Jr., The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, and the Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation.

Additional support is provided by The Lipman Family Foundation, Inc.

Leadership contributions to the Annual Exhibition Fund, in support of the Museum’s collection and collection exhibitions, are generously provided by Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, the Sandra and Tony Tamer Exhibition Fund, The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Eva and Glenn Dubin, Alice and Tom Tisch, Mimi Haas, the Noel and Harriette Levine Endowment, The David Rockefeller Council, the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund, the Marella and Giovanni Agnelli Fund for Exhibitions, Anne Dias, Kathy and Richard S. Fuld, Jr., Kenneth C. Griffin, The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, and Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder.

Major contributions to the Annual Exhibition Fund are provided by The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Brett and Daniel Sundheim, the Terra Foundation for American Art, Karen and Gary Winnick, and Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro.

The publication is made possible by the Jo Carole Lauder Publications Fund of The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art

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Alexander Calder. Josephine Baker (III). c. 1927. Steel wire. 39 x 22 3/8 x 9 3/4″ (99 x 56.6 x 24.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist. © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Alexander Calder. A Universe. 1934. Painted iron pipe, steel wire, motor, and wood with string. 40 1/2 x 30 x 29″ (102.9 x 76.2 x 73.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (by exchange). © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Alexander Calder. Black Widow. 1959. Painted sheet steel. 7′ 8 x 14′ 3 x 7′ 5″ (233.3 x 434.1 x 226.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Alexander Calder. Sandy’s Butterfly. 1964. Painted stainless sheet steel and iron rods, 12′ 8″ x 9′ 2″ x 8′ 7″ (386 x 279 x 261 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist. © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Publicity photograph of Calder during the installation of “Alexander Calder” (September 29, 1943–January 16, 1944). 1943. Gelatin silver print, 3 3/4 x 4 3/4″ (9.5 x 12 cm). Photographic Archive, The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York. © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Cover of the exhibition catalogue Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, published by The Museum of Modern Art, 2021.

Installation view of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 14, 2021 – January 15, 2022 © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 14, 2021 – January 15, 2022 © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 14, 2021 – January 15, 2022 © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 14, 2021 – January 15, 2022 © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 14, 2021 – January 15, 2022 © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 14, 2021 – January 15, 2022 © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 14, 2021 – January 15, 2022 © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 14, 2021 – January 15, 2022 © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 14, 2021 – January 15, 2022 © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 14, 2021 – January 15, 2022 © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 14, 2021 – January 15, 2022 © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 14, 2021 – January 15, 2022 © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 14, 2021 – January 15, 2022 © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Denis Doorly

Installation view of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 14, 2021 – January 15, 2022 © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Denis Doorly