Let’s Go: Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at MOMA!

MOMA Sculpture Garden
All Photos By Gail

Summer doesn’t last forever, especially in NYC, so why not plan to enjoy the nice weather while we have it by spending as much time outside in beautiful places as possible? Just do it!

Moma Sculpture Garden Fountain

Maybe you are already a huge fan of Art, but weren’t aware that the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) has a gorgeous, landscaped sculpture garden that provides a relaxing oasis in the center of Manhattan. It’s only open when the weather is nice, so you need to go now.

Skyscraper Vertical View
This is Your Vertical View While Seated Near the Fountain Pictured Directly Above

The Sculpture Garden is named for Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, an American socialite and philanthropist who was the wife of financier and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. Mrs. Rockefeller was known for being the driving force behind MOMA’s creation. It is nice that they named the sculpture garden for her.

The Garden Has a Few Bubbling Fountains Like This One

There is plenty of seating and shady areas for resting, and they even have a bar where you can buy a coffee or a drink. Here is some of the art that you can see in the garden right now.

Alexander Calder Sandys Butterfly

This sculpture by Alexander Calder is called Sandy’s Butterfly, and it has a mobile feature at the top. Calder, who went by the nickname Sandy, was most famous for his mobiles.

Alexander Calder Sandys Butterfly

Anthony Caro Midday

This one is called Midday and is by British sculptor Anthony Caro, who passed away in 2013.

Anthony Caro Midday

As you can imagine, children are very attracted to these brightly colored objects, although climbing on the art is not allowed — both for the safety of the children and the preservation of the art.

Ellsworth Kelly Green Blue
Green Blue

Ellsworth Kelly’s work is associated with hard-edge painting, Color Field painting, and Minimalism, and he was one of the most famous American artists of all time when he passed away on December 27, 2015 at the age of 92. I love his work.


New Photos Added September 1, 2020

donald judd moma photo by gail

The Museum has just reopened since the lockdown in March, and the crowds are slim, so now is a great time to visit. Donald Judd is not only in the garden, but the museum’s must-see retrospective of his work is extended through Fall 2020.

rose sculpture isa genzken photo by gail worley
Rose II Sculpture by Isa Genzken

There are still a few weeks left this summer and early fall to enjoy nice weather in the garden.

pool fountain rockefeller sculpture garden photo by gail worley

On a weekday afternoon, it can look like this. So peaceful.

group of figures photo by gail worley

Katharina Fritsch’s Group of Figures is back for the season. This is one of my favorites.

black widow by alexander calder photo by gail worley
Black Widow By Alexander Calder

black widow by alexander calder

Here’s another view of Calder with a Picasso in the background.

2 thoughts on “Let’s Go: Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at MOMA!”

  1. Now deriving vicarious pleasure from your photos as I wade through taxes! You’re right: you’ve motivated us to go out in the sunshine although it may be in Princeton, NJ instead!

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