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MoMA and Columbia Business School Map Abstraction

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 29, 2012
Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013

Foreshadowing of MoMA's Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925

& Mapping a Movement- in today's terms.

Leah Dickerman and Masha Chlenova, Curator and Assistant Curator, of MoMA teamed up with Paul Ingram, Professor at Columbia Business School, to build a virtual and interactive map of the artistic relationships around the Abstract movement. An identifying feature of Abstraction was its vastness- its reaching beyond visual arts to encompass performing arts- theater, dance, and music as well as linguistic arts- poetry and spoken word. This mass of a cultural movement had seen no match since the Renaissance.

What Dickerman and Ingram's teams produced is a web of connections between artists. Beginning with an Excel spreadsheet connections like we would see today in Facebook or LinkedIn began to grow. The social media model was in some respects the intent of the mapping, or at least its frame. Conversations regarding who-knew-who and how were what built the visual web.

The resulting web is a spidering of lines between artists. Major figures become evident, with the most pinnacle figures having the most connections. The web does more than show, it tells. It is interactive, and users of it will be able to click on artists and connections to reveal information about creative leaders and their alliances. As Ingram explains to his MBA's it is the "quality of "'between-ness'" in the network—being on multiple paths between others—[that] is associated with creativity" (ArtNews).

Learn more in ArtNews ,which continues with a look back at earlier art-mapping models, their history, and relevance.

Forthcoming MoMA Exhibition:
Inventing Abstraction, 1910 - 1925
December 23 - April 15, 2012

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