The Museum of Modern Art is a famous art museum located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. The museum is regarded as the famous museum for modern art in world. The museum includes good collection of contemporary art. The varied collection includes architecture and design works, drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, prints, film, illustrated books and media. The Museum of Modern Art is famous for its collection of over 300,000 artist books and periodicals. There are individual files of more than 70,000 artists.
The idea of establishing The Museum of Modern Art came from Abby Aldrich Rockfeller. The museum was opened to common public on 7th November 1929. In the beginning years A. Conger Goodyear, the former president of the board of trustees of the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York was given invitation to become the president of the museum. Abby Aldrich became treasurer of the museum.
In those days it was America's premier American museum devoted entirely to modern art. On November 4, 1935 the museum organized exhibitions of noted artists, such as the lone Vincent van Gogh. In 1937 the Museum of Modern Art shifted its office and basement galleries to the Time and Life Building in Rockfeller Centre and was opened to the common public on 10th May 1939. The opening was addressed by the then president Franklin Roosevelt via radio from the White House.
The collection of artworks in the Museum of Modern Art is considered as the best collection of modern Western masterpieces in the world. The art pieces include more than 150,000 individual works. Apart from this there are nearly 22,000 films and 4 million film stills. The famous art works include, The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali, The Starry Night by Vincent Gogh, Broadway Boogie Woogie by Piet Mondrian and many more.