Modern Artifacts 6: States of Grace


“The Museum of Modern Art played a significant role in Hartigan’s early career. Alfred H. Barr, Jr. founding director of MoMA, and curator Dorothy Miller visited Hartigan’s third solo exhibition at Tibor de Nagy Gallery in 1953 and acquired for the institution the second painting that Hartigan ever sold: Persian Jacket (1952).”—Michelle Elligott

This latest offering from the MoMA Archives features materials relating to the late painter Grace Hartigan. Reproduced in their original black and white, they document the life of an artist known for her use of vivid, explosive color.

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.