The Museum of Modern Art, known by its acronym MoMA, is home to some of the most important works of art produced in the early 20th century. The works in this photograph are by Francis Picabia (paintings) and Marcel Duchamp (sculpture).

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  • On November 7, 1929, the Museum of Modern Art opened in New York City. The museum, known as MoMA, holds one of the most important and influential collections of modern art in the world. MoMA displays architecture, design, drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, film, and electronic media to the public. The museum holds more than 150,000 individual pieces of art and plays host to more 2.5 million visitors a year.
    Some of the museum’s important holdings include "The Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gogh, "The Persistence of Memory" by Salvador Dali, "Broadway Boogie Woogie" by Piet Mondrian, Frida Kahlo’s "Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair," and Andy Warhol’s "Campbell’s Soup Cans."
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    architecture Noun

    style and design of buildings or open spaces.

    influential Adjective

    important; having the ability to lead the opinions or attitudes of others.

    museum Noun

    space where valuable works of art, history, or science are kept for public view.

    photography Noun

    art and science of producing still or moving images using the chemical reaction of light on a sensitive surface, such as film or an electronic sensor.

    sculpture Noun

    three-dimensional artwork that is carved, molded, or modeled to create its shape.