Ford Foundation and MoMA launch Fellows-in-Residence initiative

The Ford Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City announced today that they are joining forces to inaugurate an Scholar-in-Residence program at MoMA with the aim of opening new perspectives on the history of art. The initiative will launch in September 2022, with three academics simultaneously researching the institution during the year. The trio, each of whom will receive an annual stipend of $ 185,000, are expected to spend nine of the twelve months allocated in residence at the museum. Fellows will share their research at an internal workshop, to be held during their stay at MoMA or within six months of completing the program.

The initiative is fully funded by the Ford Foundation, which typically gives grants to small and medium-sized institutions to support diversity efforts, rather than institutions the size of MoMA. The museum is currently seeking nominations through its residency website, and self-nomination is permitted. MoMA said it was looking for people whose studies focus on “historically underrepresented artists, moments, movements and geographies, or offer new perspectives on topics related to art history.” . Researchers working in a wide range of disciplines, including art, writing and choreography, will be considered. Nominations end on January 12, and the inaugural trio are due to be nominated in April.

“Museums and cultural specialists are essential to our understanding of the arts and, therefore, to our perspective of the world around us,” said Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation. “We are honored to support the Ford Foundation’s Resident Scholarship Program at MoMA and to advance creative, diverse and innovative thinking about the role contemporary and modern art plays in our society today.

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