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Alexander Calder:
Modern from the Start

The Museum of Modern Art

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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. 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.

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

Support for the exhibition is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund. Leadership contributions to the Annual Exhibition Fund, in support of the Museum’s collection and collection exhibitions, are generously provided by Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, Eva and Glenn Dubin, The Sandra and Tony Tamer Exhibition Fund, Alice and Tom Tisch, The David Rockefeller Council, The Contemporary Arts Council, Anne Dias, Kathy and Richard S. Fuld, Jr., Kenneth C. Griffin, The Keith Haring Foundation, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, and Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro.

Major contributions to the Annual Exhibition Fund are provided by the Estate of Ralph L. Riehle, GRoW @ Annenberg, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Brett and Daniel Sundheim, Karen and Gary Winnick, The Marella and Giovanni Agnelli Fund for Exhibitions, Clarissa Alcock and Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Agnes Gund, and Oya and Bülent Eczacıbaşı.

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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. © 2020 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). © 2020 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. © 2020 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. © 2020 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. © 2020 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York