Walter Price, Races on the sea, 2023, Acrylic and gesso on canvas, 67 1/2 x 105 inches (171 x 266 cm)

Greene Naftali artists on view at MoMA | Ongoing
Museum of Modern Art, New York

WALTER PRICE in Collection: 1970s–Present | Gallery 209

Price’s 2020–21 painting Races on the Sea is now on view in MoMA’s gallery 209, in a group presentation titled “Objects of Desire.”

From the museum:

“Touching on themes of legibility and identity, the artworks in this gallery pose the question: What roles do desire and history play in how we understand and recognize each other? Drawing from literary texts, personal narratives, and references from the past, the artists on view here transform their sources to consider the promise of human relationships and reflect on the pain of fraught histories—particularly around Blackness. These acts of transformation open up a spectrum of experiences, as well as invite viewers to bring their own desires to the experience of looking."

MICHAEL SMITH in Collection: 1970s–Present | Gallery 204

Smith's 1983 work Government Approved Home Fallout Shelter Snack Bar is on view in MoMA's gallery 204.

From the museum:

“For over four decades, Michael Smith has produced videos, performances, and installations that feature his hapless middle-class persona, Mike, as a means of examining American culture and media. This work is based on a US government plan—issued in 1980, against the backdrop of Reagan-era Cold War politics—for a home fallout shelter that doubles as a snack bar. In Smith’s vision, Mike’s bunker, built in his suburban basement, is overstocked with ‘survival ration crackers’ and canned food, as well as records, games, an easy chair, and liquor bottles.

This environment underscores the absurdity of pursuing recreation and leisure while living under the threat of annihilation. Mike appears in drawings, the video playing on the television, and an arcade game (one of the first created by a visual artist) in which he repeatedly carries cinder blocks down stairs to construct the shelter before the ‘big one drops.’ A metaphor for nuclear war, the game is programmed to be unwinnable.


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