Calder Foundation
Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start
14 March 2021–15 January 2022The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Curated by Cara Manes, with curatorial fellows Zuna Maza and Makayla Bailey, Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start explored the artist’s work through the lens of his connection with MoMA, from his first appearance in a group show of 1930 to his iconic mobile Lobster Trap and Fish Tail, commissioned for the museum’s stairway in 1939, to his major 1943–44 retrospective, organized by James Johnson Sweeney and Marcel Duchamp—and beyond.

Related documents  13
Selected works  44
Selected publications  4
Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start (2021)

The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start. Exhibition catalogue. 2021.

Alexander S. C. Rower, Tracing Lineages

Solo Exhibition Catalogue

Smith, Roberta. “Alexander Calder, MoMA’s Household God, Still Holds Sway.” New York Times. 19 March 2021.

Newspaper

Junceau, Brandt. “Alexander Calder.” Brooklyn Rail, April 2021.

Newspaper

Esplund, Lance. “‘Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start’ Review: Artist, Engineer, Giant.” The Wall Street Journal, 17 April 2021.

Newspaper
Exhibition videos  4

An introduction to Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start.

A conversation between Alexander S. C. Rower and curator Cara Manes on the occasion of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start.

Watch and listen as composer, sound artist, and thereminist Dorit Chrysler uses Calder’s sculptures to make music as part of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start.

Behind the scenes of Dorit Chrysler’s Calder Plays Theremin.

Exhibitions / 2020–Today 3

The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start. 14 March 2021–15 January 2022.

Neue Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany. Alexander Calder: Minimal / Maximal. 22 August 2021–13 February 2022

Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands. Calder Now. 21 November 2021–29 May 2022.