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MoMA Presents: UNIQLO NYC Night

February 3, 4 pm8 pm.
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The Museum of Modern Art will continue its UNIQLO NYC Nights, at The Museum of Modern Art on February 3rd, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. UNIQLO NYC Nights offer free admission to New York City residents and extended hours on the first Friday of every month.

On these first Fridays, all visitors will have extended-hours access to enjoy MoMA’s must-see dynamic collection and temporary exhibitions, while the second-floor café and Museum store also remain open late. Free tickets for New Yorkers must be reserved in advance, will be released on MoMA’s website one week in advance of each UNIQLO NYC Night, and are subject to proof of residency. Same-day film tickets for screenings after 4:00 p.m. on first Fridays are also free for New Yorkers and will be available on-site.

As a part of its new exhibition series for 2023, MoMA will continue to open new galleries on the first Friday of each month to accompany UNIQLO NYC Nights. Five new exhibitions will open this month, on February 3rd:

Calligraphic Abstraction (Gallery 404)

Featuring many rarely seen objects by artists from around the world, this exhibition will explore the expressive possibilities of calligraphy in abstract art from the 1950s and 1960s—from graceful experiments with Arabic scripts, to decorative patterns formed by words, to abstract strokes and spontaneous movements.

New World Stage (Gallery 401)

This exhibition includes many rarely-seen works by an international group of Abstract Expressionist artists, each of whom explored different nonrepresentational modes or artmaking as a decisive break with the past. For them, their work was personal and as individual as their cultural heritage in a postwar world.

Fields and Figures (Gallery 402)

In 1950s New York City, artists were grappling with the devastation felt after World War II and examining existentialist ideas, including individual creative expression, the importance of authentic feeling, and what it means to be human in a harsh world. This exhibition will allow viewers to see different examples of artists’ responses to these ideas, which resulted in abstraction, figuration, and a combination of the two.

Ellsworth Kelly’s Sketchbooks (Gallery 416)

Kelly’s sketchbooks—which largely remained private throughout the artist’s lifetime—reveal his unique artistic process. They hint at the real-world references that often inspired his seemingly non-objective compositions. The recently-acquired sketchbooks will be on view for the first time in this presentation, alongside other works by the artist from MoMA’s collection.

Ellsworth Kelly: A Centennial Celebration (Marron Atrium)

May 31, 2023 marks 100 years since Kelly’s birth. This installation in the Atrium celebrating Kelly’s artistic legacy and seven-decade-long career includes two large-scale works from MoMA’s collection: Sculpture for a Large Wall (1956-57) and Spectrum IV (1967).


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