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Alexander Calder:
Modern from the Start

March 07, 2021 – August 07, 2021

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 7, 2021, through August 7, 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, Department of Painting and Sculpture, with Zuna Maza, Curatorial Fellow, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

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.

Generous funding for the exhibition is provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

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, Sandra and Tony Tamer Exhibition Fund, The Contemporary Arts Council, Eva and Glenn Dubin, Alice and Tom Tisch, Mimi Haas, the Noel and Harriette Levine Endowment, The David Rockefeller Council, the Eyal and Marilyn Ofer Family Exhibition Fund, The Marella and Giovanni Agnelli Fund for Exhibitions, Kathy and Richard S. Fuld, Jr., The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, and Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis.

Major contributions to the Annual Exhibition Fund are provided by Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Brett and Daniel Sundheim, and the Terra Foundation for American 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. © 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