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.

Michelle Elligott is Chief of Archives, Library, and Research Collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Museum Studies at New York University. Her award-winning publications include Modern Artifacts (2020), René d’Harnoncourt and the Art of Installation (2018), and Art in Our Time: A Chronicle of the Museum of Modern Art (2004). Elligott was a Center for Curatorial Leadership International Fellow in 2016 and a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, in 2005. She holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A. from Hunter College, CUNY, both in Art History.