Join us at 10:45am on Tuesday, January 9th, 2024 for a 1.5 hour guided tour of Ed Ruscha / Now Then at the Museum of Modern Art. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this important retrospective before the exhibition closes on January 13th.
“I don’t have any Seine River like Monet,” Ed Ruscha once said. “I’ve just got US 66 between Oklahoma and Los Angeles.” ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN features over 200 works—in mediums including painting, drawing, prints, photography, artist’s books, film, and installation—that make use of everything from gunpowder to chocolate. Exploring Ruscha’s landmark contributions to postwar American art as well as lesser-known aspects of his more than six-decade career, this retrospective offers new view points on a body of work that has influenced generations of artists, architects, designers, and writers.
In 1956, Ruscha left his hometown of Oklahoma City and drove along interstate highway 66 to study commercial art in Los Angeles, where he drew inspiration from the city’s architecture, colloquial speech, and popular culture. Ruscha has recorded and transformed familiar subjects—whether roadside gasoline stations or the 20th Century Fox logo—often revisiting motifs, sites, or words years later. Tracing shifts in the artist’s means and methods over time, ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN underscores the continuous reinvention that has defined his work.
We will meet by 10:40am in the museum lobby at 18 West 54th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues). We recommend taking the 8:51am train from New Canaan to Grand Central, arriving at 10:17am; the 8:53 train from Darien, arriving at 9:59am; OR the 9:20am train from Stamford, arriving at 10:17am.
After the 1.5 hour tour, you are welcome to explore the galleries on your own. We suggest seeing Picasso in Fontainebleau and the permanent collections.
To register for this visit, please submit the form below. Space is limited.
$65 Members and/or Seniors 65+ | $75 Non-members