Modern Artifacts 14: Imagining Possibilities
Introduction by Michelle Elligott
Unearthed manuscripts by Erik Satie, Robert Motherwell, Piet Mondrian, and others—originally destined to appear in a never-published second issue of the influential postwar art journal Possibilities (edited by Motherwell and Harold Rosenberg)—comprise this issue's installment of "Modern Artifacts," the acclaimed series Esopus regularly copresents with the Museum of Modern Art Archives.
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.