In January I wrote about five artists who had come into MoMA’s collection through Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015, the most recent iteration of the New Photography series, which has a long history of bringing new works by young artists into the Museum. Since then, we’ve been excited to add work by more New Photography artists, include DIS, Katharina Gaenssler, and Lieko Shiga.
DIS’s mesmerizing video of Conchita Wurst not only stopped many museumgoers in their tracks, but subway riders as well—DIS’s images of Conchita were also the marketing campaign for the exhibition. It is only fitting, then, that the video joins the MoMA collection; it even features the MoMA logo as an invented watermark right through the middle. This generous gift from the artists ensures that Conchita will grace the walls of MoMA again in the future, provoking questions about celebrity, identity, and image making.
Often, of course, artists don’t fit into the historical categories that a Museum like MoMA is built on. Although Basim Magdy was featured in Ocean of Images, his art takes many forms, including video and projection. Recently, the departments of Photography and Media and Performance Art engaged in a cross-museum initiative to acquire multiple works by Magdy, to better represent his output in our collection. As MoMA’s director, Glenn Lowry, has said, we have to “follow the artists wherever they go.”
Read more here:: MoMA Collects: New Photography 2015, Part 2