October 2nd, 2004 · No Comments · Education

In case you’ve ever wondered what, exactly, is contemporary art? And what’s the difference between contemporary and modern art? Generally, it’s a loose date: modern is roughly 1900-1970, contemporary is 1970 to now.

MOMA, the premier modern art museum in the U.S., which reopens in midtown Manhattan after a long stay in Queens, generally specializes in pre-1970 artwork, although they do collect contemporary work as well. MOCA, the top contemporary museum, certainly has its Rauschenbergs, but primarily it’s the place to go to see Rodney Graham and Sam Durant, et al.

Want to know more art definitions? Art 21, PBS‘s excellent series on contemporary art, now in production for its 3rd season, has an equally excellent website with resources for everything art-related. For starters, they have a wonderful glossary of art words that tells you the definitions for everything from consumer society to punk rock to zeitgeist. The mack daddy of all art words…


The state or position of being placed close together or side by side, so as to permit comparison or contrast.

Explore the wordy world of art for yourself right here.

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