Thursday, March 11, 2010

MOMA Breaking from the White Cube

I just read this interesting blog post by a curatorial assistant at the MOMA. It looks like the major museum is slowly breaking away from the "white cube" ideology by painting some of the walls. Now, granted, light grey isn't an extreme departure from the white cube space, but hey, it's a start. (You can see a photograph of the color change within the MOMA blog post.)

Any opinions on the color choice? Do you think that there are new associations brought about by the changes to wall color? For me, the light gray seems to give the modern paintings a feeling of history - gray evokes the passage of time, emphasizing that these works are not brand-spanking new.

Do you think that gray walls seem to historicize these works more than the neutral white color? Maybe historicizing these modern works is a good thing - after all, in the 21st century, modern art is a thing of the past.