The Museum of Modern Art Story

Back in 1929, three patrons of the arts--Miss Lillie Bliss, Mrs. Cornelius Sullivan and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.--donated funds to establish the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York as an institution to educate the public on modern art. It was a rousing success, moving three times in ten years before settling in its current location in Manhattan (but continuing to expand to this day).

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In 1932, the MoMA became the first museum to establish a department devoted to Architecture and Design, to promote the values of "good design."

Why We Love MoMA Accessories

The modern accessories, art and other cool gifts offered by MoMA further the museum's goal of increasing people's appreciation of modern art and good design--by allowing them to bring some of that modern art and good design home. All of the items MoMA offers have been approved by MoMA curators to fuel that appreciation and improve people's lives in the process, with unique, fun and functional pieces designed to improve everyday living.

A Fun Fact About MoMA

In 1929, MoMA's initial collection consisted of 8 prints and 1 drawing. Today, the MoMA maintains more than 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, etc.; 22,000 films and stills; 300,000 books and periodicals; and files on more than 70,000 artists.

Noteworthy Products From MoMA

The Satellite Bowl by Carlo Contin is formed out of a spiral of black wooden spokes, which have been pinned together and then twisted open. It is a delightful piece of modern sculpture, as well as a functional, airy fruit bowl.

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