With the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art and a dynamic exhibition program, The Museum of Modern Art is a place for discovery and engagement that fuels creativity and inspires art enthusiasts of all ages and experiences. In the MoMA tutorials, you can explore the fascinating world of modern and contemporary artworks through artist interviews, behind-the-scenes, and how-to videos.
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Artists have used printmaking to create some of their most profound and compelling works of art, yet the basic printmaking techniques remain a mystery to most people. These videos demonstrate three key printmaking processes—relief, intaglio, and lithography. They include prints from the Museum's collection to demonstrate the range of expressive effects associated with each technique.

1913 Centennial Celebration

1913 is a particularly important year within the history of modern art, marked by events and objects that would fundamentally change the way art was conceived and understood. In February of that year, the groundbreaking "Armory Show" introduced the American public to the work of Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, and many other European artists exhibited alongside their American avant-garde counterparts. In this series of videos, curators from all areas of the Museum speak about their favorite works from 1913 in MoMA's collection.

Behind the scenes at MoMA

Come behind the scenes and watch the staff and artists at work.

Abstract Expressionism

More than sixty years have passed since the critic Robert Coates, writing in "The New Yorker" in 1946, first used the term “Abstract Expressionism” to describe the richly colored canvases of Hans Hofmann. Over the years the name has come to designate the paintings and sculptures of artists as different as Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner and David Smith. Watch these short videos to explore some of the most important abstract art of the 20th century and the artists' experiments with techniques.

Art terms in action

Watch these video demonstrations of key art terms relating to the Abstract Expressionists.

Artist interviews

Hear from contemporary artists as they share their art-making techniques and sources of inspiration.

Performance Art

Theatrical and staged elements have been a key feature of visual art throughout the 20th century. Movements like Futurism, Dada, and Bauhaus employed theater, dance, music, and poetry with live or broadcast performances to engage with audiences. In the 1960s and 1970s, performance gained renewed momentum when artists conceived of Happenings, Fluxus, "actions," experimental dance, and site-specific interventions. Throughout its history MoMA has been host to many artworks involving live and performative elements. While most of these activities previously took place at the periphery of MoMA's exhibition program, the 2008 addition of "and Performance Art" to what was then called the Department of Media introduced performance art as a central component in the Museum's programming.

MoMA Learning

The history of modern art is not simply a linear progression of styles. Rather, artists respond to and participate in the intellectual, social, and cultural contexts of their time. MoMA has a long history of experimental approaches to engaging people with art, which is at the core of the museum's mission. Listen to MoMA educators discuss how they teach challenging works of art, hear tips for teaching, and learn about MoMA's programs for individuals with dementia.