When moma first showed the work of Alexander Calder, in 1930, the museum had been open for little more than a year. The artist’s first retrospective there, in 1943, proved so popular that it was extended by seven weeks. “Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start” (through Aug. 7) explores this nine-decade-long relationship with some seventy works, mostly from moma’s collection, including the 1945 standing mobile “Man-Eater with Pennants” (a detail is pictured). Conceived for the sculpture garden, it hasn’t been seen there since 1970.
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