Pictures by Women & Picasso – An Artist Date to the Museum of Modern Art

On a trip to New York City for business a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for the first time as a much needed Artist Date.  I actually could not remember the last time I went on one for just creativity’s sake.  I went on a Thursday night, MoMA Nights to be exact, which was a wonderful time to visit the museum.  MoMA is open late every Thursday during the summer months and live music, a cash bar and the opportunity to mix and mingle with art loving professionals is featured.

On this particular night, I checked out two excellent exhibitions: Picasso: Themes and Variations (on view until the end of August) and Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography (on view until March 2011).  The Picasso show features “approximately one hundred works, this exhibition explores Picasso’s creative process through the medium of printmaking, tracing his development from the early years of the twentieth century, with depictions of itinerant circus performers in the Blue and Rose periods, to his discovery of Cubism.”   The work is largely etchings, lithography, and linoleum cuts that are focused on specific themes.  One theme, which I found particularly interesting was a series of portraits of twomen who were his lovers and served as muses to his creative work.

Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography especially grabbed my attention.  This show had to be one of, if not the best photography exhibition I ever seen!  I was awestruck by the 200 plus works of many of the photographers in this exhibition which included the works dating from the turn of the Century to the present time.  Photographers in the show include Diane Arbus, Kiki Smith, Carrie Mae Weems and Yoko Ono.

Here are some shots of my visit to MoMA:

Art lovers mix and mingle during the Happy Hour at MoMA
A work by Picasso

One of Picasso’s portraits of a lover who served as muse for this work…

Wigs (Portfolio) by Lorna Simpson
Check out the interviews with artists of the women’s photography exhibition here.