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The Long Run

Ongoing

The Museum of Modern Art

Floor Four, The David Geffen Galleries

Innovation in art is often characterized as a singular event—a bolt of lightning that strikes once and forever changes what follows.  “The Long Run” provides an alternate view: by chronicling the continued experimentation of artists long after their breakthrough moments, it suggests that invention results from sustained critical thinking, persistent observation, and countless hours in the studio.  Each work in this presentation exemplifies an artist’s distinct evolution.  For some, this results from continually testing the boundaries of a given medium, for others it reflects the pressures of social, economic, and political circumstances.  Often, it is a combination of both.  “The Long Run” includes monographic galleries and rooms that bring together artists broad ranging in background and approach, drawn from MoMA’s collection.  All the artists in this presentation are united by a ceaseless desire to make meaningful work, year after year, across decades.  They include Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Melvin Edwards, Gego, Philip Guston, David Hammons, Joan Jonas, Ellsworth Kelly, Helen Levitt, Joan Mitchell, Elizabeth Murray, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Stella, and many others.

Organized by Paulina Pobocha, Associate Curator, and Cara Manes, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

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

Major support is provided by Denise Littlefield Sobel.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund.

MoMA Audio is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986). From a Day with Juan II. 1977. Oil on canvas, 48 x 36″ (122 x 96 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Georgia O’Keeffe Bequest. Copyright © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Alma Woodsey Thomas (American, 1891–1978). Fiery Sunset. 1973. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 41 1/4 x 41 1/4″ (104.8 x 104.8 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Committee on Painting and Sculpture Funds. © Estate of Alma Thomas

Lee Bontecou (American, born 1931). Untitled.  1980-98. Welded steel, porcelain, wire mesh, canvas, grommets, and wire, 7 x 8 x 6′ (213.4 x 243.8 x 182.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Gift of Philip Johnson (by exchange) and the Nina and Gordon Bunshaft Bequest Fund. Copyright © 2017 Lee Bontecou.

Philip Guston (American, born Canada. 1913–1980). Source.  1976. Oil on canvas, 6′ 3″ x 9′ 9″ (190.5 x 297.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Gift of Edward R. Broida in honor of Uncle Sidney Feldman. Copyright © 2017 The Estate of Philip Guston.

Gerhard Richter (German, born 1932). Woods (5). 2005. Oil on canvas, 77 5/8 x 52″ (197.2 x 132.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Gift of Warren and Mitzi Eisenberg and Leonard and Susan Feinstein. Copyright © 2017 Gerhard Richter

Ed Clark (American, born 1926). Untitled. 2009. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 81 x 64 1/2″ (205.7 x 163.8 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Gift of Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin. Copyright © 2017 Ed Clark

Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt) (Venezuelan, born Germany. 1912–1994). Drawing without Paper 84/25 and 84/26. 1984 and 1987. Enamel on wood and stainless steel wire, 23 5/8 x 34 5/8 x 16 3/4″ (60 x 88 x 40 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in honor of Susan and Glenn Lowry. Copyright © 2017 Fundación Gego.

Roy Lichtenstein (American, born Canada. 1913–1980). Interior with Mobile.  1992. Oil and magna on canvas, 10′ 10″ x 14′ 3″ (330.2 x 434.4 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Enid A. Haupt Fund; gift of Agnes Gund, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Michael and Judy Ovitz in honor of Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein; and Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view of The Long Run.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck