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With this issue, Esopus inaugurates “Modern Artifacts,” a series presented in partnership with the Museum of Modern Art Archives which features examples from MoMA’s extensive holdings of documents relating to the history and development of modern and contemporary art. This initial offering features a series of preparatory sketches from the papers of the museum’s first director, Alfred H. Barr, Jr., all leading to the iconic chart Barr devised for the cover of the catalog of the 1936 MoMA exhibition “Cubism and Modern Art.”

Chief of Archives, Library, and Research Collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Michelle Elligott recently organized Devenir moderne, part of the MoMA exhibition Être moderne at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. She coedited the book Art in Our Time: A Chronicle of the Museum of Modern Art and cocurated MoMA’s 1969 exhibition; her book on Rene d’Harnoncourt will be published this fall.