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MOMA Gets Back to Basics with Common Senses

By Diana Tsuchida | November 27, 2012


An innovative exhibit from the MOMA (now concluded) offered an interestingly pre-modern sense of art, communal play and sustainability, making it hard to tell if you were in Midtown Manhattan or a trendy Brooklyn basement art gallery. But what “Common Senses” strove for, and overwhelmingly succeeded in, was a reinvigoration of our senses through purely naturalistic ways. It was a call to simplify and retreat to the essentials of family, community and sustainable consumption. What’s more, they let people actually touch the stuff on display.

MOMA Common Sense Exhibit

MOMA Common Sense Exhibit

MOMA Common Sense Exhibit

MOMA Common Sense Exhibit

MOMA Common Sense Exhibit

MOMA Common Sense Exhibit

MOMA Common Sense Exhibit

MOMA Common Sense Exhibit

MOMA Common Sense Exhibit

MOMA Common Sense Exhibit

MOMA Common Sense Exhibit

MOMA Common Sense Exhibit

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But food lovers particularly were in for a special treat of community sharing and encouraged to take part in a sustainable feeding project. On top of a beautiful vibrant circle rug by Fritz Haeg, jars holding preserved jams, pickled vegetables and plates of herbs were on display. Each jar was tagged with the contents, the maker’s name and where they came from, many of which were from the MOMA’s Domestic Integrity Garden, personal gardens and rooftop farms in Brooklyn. The exhibit’s closing event on November 19th offered a potluck where the public was allowed to enjoy the handcrafted preservatives. Descriptions of this exhibit’s calming simplicity cannot do it justice–a picture is surely worth a thousand words here.

Photos: Diana Tsuchida

For more articles about food exhibits, read the articles below:

When Hunger Strikes
Miami’s Art Basel
“Testimonios” at El Museo del Barrio

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