Ed Ruscha Now/Then At The MOMA

If you are a fan of art, you will not want to miss this current Ruscha exhibit at The MOMA! This exhibit features work from the span of Ruscha’s time as an artist and catalogues his thematic works by each period. His works are captivating for art lovers or just those interested in this novel exhibit! It is great for friends, families or a date! Keep reading to find out more.

gallery exhibit featuring Ed Ruscha's works

The Exhibit

The exhibit is currently open to visit and is running through January 13th, 2024. The MOMA writes, “

“I don’t have any Seine River like Monet,” Ed Ruscha once said. “I’ve just got US 66 between Oklahoma and Los Angeles.” ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN will feature over 200 works—in mediums including painting, drawing, prints, photography, artist’s books, film, and installation—that make use of everything from gunpowder to chocolate. Exploring Ruscha’s landmark contributions to postwar American art as well as lesser-known aspects of his more than six-decade career, the exhibition will offer new perspectives on a body of work that has influenced generations of artists, architects, designers, and writers.

In 1956, Ruscha left his hometown of Oklahoma City and drove along interstate highway 66 to study commercial art in Los Angeles, where he drew inspiration from the city’s architecture, colloquial speech, and popular culture. Ruscha has recorded and transformed familiar subjects—whether roadside gasoline stations or the 20th Century Fox logo—often revisiting motifs, sites, or words years later. Tracing shifts in the artist’s means and methods over time, ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN underscores the continuous reinvention that has defined his work.”

Who Is Ed Ruscha?

MOMA exhibit of Ed Ruscha's works

Ruscha is an American artists who embodies the Pop art movement. From early childhood in Nebraska, he was always very artistic. He left home to attend art school in Los Angeles, where he was clearly very impacted by the drive from Nebraska to California along Route 66, as many recognizable motifs in his work relate back to this drive! He began working in Los Angeles as an artistic layout director at an advertising agency. By the early 1960s he became notably recognizable for his artwork.

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