MoMA & Its Paintings; A Mathematical Analysis

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 2.05.28 PMThe Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City has 2229 paintings in its collection (more than 123 000 pieces if you include sculptures, photographs, mixed media, etc.)

ESPN affiliate 538 analyzed the 2229 paintings according to some quantitative measurements (size, age, etc.)  Check out the results here. (<– link)

BADGING:  Read the article linked above.  Copy/Paste the three infographics from the article into a Word or Google Doc.  Pick a modern artist whose work you like (someone from the 1900s or the Impressionist period in the late 1800s is a safe bet to have work in MoMA’s collection).  Find a single painting by the artist on the raw data file of MoMA’s collection (Command-F will be very helpful in this search, you’ll have to download the raw data to your Mac).  Type the artist, title of work, medium, date created, date acquired, and size, onto your doc.  After you print out the doc, use the information you recorded to mark on the three infographics exactly where your artists’ work would be located.

Pictured:  Rene Magritte, The False Mirror, 1928


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