Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start
March 14–August 7, 2021




Calder’s ever-changing artworks invite a viewer’s sustained attention; and The Museum of Modern Art has provided a setting for this productive exchange ever since his work was first exhibited here in 1930, just months after the Museum opened its doors. This exhibition looks at Calder’s work through the lens of this connection. Throughout MoMA’s formative years, Calder, in his unofficial role as “house artist,” was called upon to produce several commissioned works—including Lobster Trap and Fish Tail, a multicolored mobile that hangs in the same stairwell for which it was made in 1939. His works have been a mainstay of the Museum’s galleries and Sculpture Garden ever since.

For the exhibition identity, we designed a title wall that showcased Calder’s signature palette, a 1950 film by Herbert Matter, and a largescale blow up of a notebook.



Designed at The Museum of Modern Art, and organized by Cara Manes.


Creative Direction: Elle Kim; Art Direction and Design: Damien Saatdjian; Design: David Klein; Production: Claire Corey, Tom Black; Typeface: Neue Haas Grotesk, MoMA Sans


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