New York

Making Choices

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
March 16–September 12

Nobody can figure out how—or why—the Museum of Modern Art cooked up such a delirious arabesque of shows to celebrate the millennium. But after “Modern Starts,” with its component parts, “People,” “Places,” and “Things,” it seemed like the institution would be hard-pressed to up the lame-title quotient—until, that is, the church-ladyish “Making Choices” came along. Twenty constituent exhibitions (arranged in three parts by an in-house team) will address, among other things, the battle between Surrealism and abstraction for early modernist supremacy, and conservative art reactions to the avant-garde between 1920 and 1960. My advice: Forget the lesson plan. MoMA owns such good stuff, all they really have to do is turn on the lights.