previews

New York

“LINCOLN KIRSTEIN’S MODERN”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
March 17–June 30, 2019

Curated by Jodi Hauptman and Samantha Friedman

Lincoln Kirstein was twenty-one when, in December 1928, he founded the Harvard Society for Contemporary Art, an essential blueprint for the Museum of Modern Art, which opened eleven months later in New York. He was twenty-five when he began to form, with George Balanchine, the School of American Ballet, the indispensable armature for American dance. If I didn’t love him, I’d hate him. Ambitious, well-connected, queer—a “Jewish Bolshevik with shocking bad manners,” as he once put it—Kirstein was a paragon of the prewar twentieth century’s fertile eclecticism. He filled the world with his passions. This show focuses on Kirstein’s contributions from the 1930s and ’40s, featuring more than two hundred works from the museum’s collection and archive, many of which have rarely been exhibited, as well as a catalogue with contributions by, among others, Lynn Garafola and Richard Meyer.