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MoMA Takes a Stand: Art From Banned Countries Comes Center Stage


“But the speed and directness with which MoMA — not an institution usually thought of as nimble — has responded to Mr. Trump’s ban are especially impressive. Its particular force comes from the curators’ decision to present these works on the fifth floor, in the galleries most steeped in MoMA’s flowchart narrative of Modernist development. The Iranian, Iraqi and Sudanese art does not merely disrupt the old timeline of art history; it disrupts MoMA’s own institutional character. It says: Even the room in which Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles d'Avignon’ hangs is not irreproachable, but rather a particular story told by individuals, who at times must speak out.”

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