MoMA R&D provides information and critical tools to identify and explore new directions and opportunities for The Museum of Modern Art and—leading by example—the broader museum field. It is both crucible and catalyst for new ways of thinking and doing in museums.

Internally, R&D is a research resource for departments and initiatives across the MoMA. It helps inform the Museum’s short- and long-term plans by means of a digest, thematic salons, and ad hoc meetings and discussions, both large and small. Our vision for the Museum is one that integrates physical and digital space seamlessly and creatively to reach well beyond its confines and influence society.

Through its activities, MoMA R&D presents stimulating ideas for new curatorial and educational programs, offers new models of cultural engagement that reach both local and international audiences, supports and informs MoMA’s activities in the digital space, and researches new partnerships and products (material and immaterial) that can expand MoMA’s mission and generate creative, cultural, and—in some cases—financial capital.

MoMA R&D is led by Paola Antonelli, who is also Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture & Design at MoMA. Project support by Shayna Gentiluomo, Aline Rezende, and Barbara Eldredge.

Recent Salons

Image Credits
Salon 1: (Detail) Foreign loans to the exhibition Cubism and Abstract Art, refused admission to the United States as “works of art” by customs inspectors, 1936, from the exhibition album, Cubism and Abstract Art. Photographic Archive. March 2, 1936 through April 19, 1936. © The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York; Salon 2: Baby Attitude. iStock; Salon 3: Illustration. iStock; Salon 4: (Details) Pablo Picasso: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Paris, June-July 1907. © 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. | Toru Iwatani: Pac-Man. 1980. © 2014 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.; Salon 5: (Detail) Ivan Sutherland: Sword of Damocles. 1968. Images used with permission by Dr. Ivan Sutherland. Portland State University. Salon 6: (Detail) Art Workers’ Coalition: Q. And babies? A. And babies. 1970. Line: Gift of the Benefit for Attica Defense Fund; Salon 7: Entrance Triennale di Milano during the occupation of May, Illustrated History Almanac 1968, Author: unknown (http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1968_triennale_milano.jpg); Salon 8: (Detail) Barrett Lyon: Mapping the Internet. © 2014 Barret Lyon; Salon 9: Illustration by Christina Ung (http://christinaung.com)