When modern and contemporary art broke up

In the story of how modern art conquered its detractors, Alfred Barr Jr.’s seminar isn’t the only important Boston-area turning point. In “What Was Contemporary Art?,” Richard Meyer also cites a 1940s-era rift between the Museum of Modern Art and Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art that made national headlines, pitting two visions of art against one another, with Boston taking a populist stand against New York.

The fight captivated the art world for two years. The charge out of Boston was that too many champions of modern art—read: MoMA and its Harvard-trained curator Alfred Barr—were embracing only its most extreme forms.

The ICA was born in 1936 as an offshoot of MoMA and was originally named the Boston Museum of Modern Art. In 1948, by now independent from its New York parent and following an interim period as the Institute of Modern Art, the Boston museum released a provocative statement

Article source: http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/07/27/when-modern-and-contemporary-art-broke/9OgejlX6OM37DtXRL5LlnI/story.html

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