MoMA and the City That Never Sleeps: Lecture Series

Past program

NGV International

Clemenger BBDO Auditorium
Ground Level

In the decades since its founding in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) collecting choices and methods of display and interpretation have played a role in establishing a canonical narrative of modern art.  Explore the artists, museum personnel and patrons who contributed to MoMA’s versions of modernism, and the ways in which MoMA has adapted as art and the world have changed.


Dr Chris McAuliffe is Professor of Art (Practice-led research) at the School of Art & Design, Australian National University. From 2000–2013 he was Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne. He taught art history at the University of Melbourne (1988–2000) and was Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University (2011–12). Dr McAuliffe has published extensively and curated exhibitions on Australian and American art. Recent projects include the exhibitions America: Painting a nation at the Art Gallery of NSW and Robert Smithson: Time Crystals at the University of Queensland Art Museum and MUMA.

Tickets to individual lectures can be purchased using the drop-down boxes below. Tickets to the series can be purchased here.

This is an Auslan interpreted program.

Sat 14 Jul, 2–3pm (Past)

MoMA was launched in 1929 with the declared goal of presenting ‘the great modern masters – American and European – from Cézanne to the present’. MoMA’s founders were determined not only to collect modern art but to present it in an institution shaped by modernist principles.

Sat 21 Jul, 2–3pm (Past)

In 1953, New Yorker magazine declared MoMA the ‘world center … of the modern movement’. As a powerful advocate for modern art, MoMA vigorously promoted the idea that ‘creative thought’ would drive ‘intelligent change’ in art, design and society in the post-war decades.

Sat 28 Jul, 2–3pm (Past)

In recent years, globalism and a rethinking of history have challenged the dominance of traditional centres – Paris, Berlin, New York – in the museum’s narrative. How has MoMA responded to this new interest in marginalized modernisms and non-metropolitan cultures?

Talks and discussions International MoMA at NGV NGV International