Back in the day, the Photo Department at MOMA considered '80s-style "photo-conceptualist" art by the likes of Cindy Sherman to be simply bad pictures. As a result, that influential work was first collected by the museum's "Painting and Sculpture" division. How times change! In its way, MOMA's just-opened "The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today"—assembled by photo curator Roxana Marcoci—represents the definite triumph of the "photoconceptualist" paradigm over the past. The idea here is that, since photography doesn't just reflect but also transforms an object's image, the venerable tradition of photographing sculpture has always served as a kind of closet concept-art, expanding, extending, and "questioning" the reality of... More >>>