MoMA Datathon: Most Representative Museum Artworks



Museum of Modern Art

American, b. 1933

10 3/16 x 7 3/8″ (25.8 x 18.7 cm)

Gelatin silver print

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

American, b.1936

8 in. x 10 in. (20.32 cm x 25.4 cm) 

Gelatin silver print


Musée d’art moderne

French, b. 1896 

8 9/16 x 11 3/16″ (21.7 x 28.4 cm)


San Francisco Museo de Arte Moderno

Mexican, b. 1930 

11 in. x 14 in. (27.94 cm x 35.56 cm) 

Chromogenic print


Museum für moderne Kunst

German, b. 1922 

12 1/8 x 9 1/8″ (30.8 x 23.2 cm)

Pencil on paper 


Japanese, b. 1940

16 in. x 20 in. (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm)


    ————- 2016 This project attempts to reveal the art collection difference between MoMA and SFMoMA by analyzing the 149,339 artworks and 17,855 artists in these two museums’ art collection databases. Innocent data has been used as a fundamental way to tell the true story. So the above images suppose to be an ideal display of the most representative styles of both the east coast and the west coast modern art museums’ collections in the U.S. Each museum has three most representative museum artworks, which are in the order of the rank of original nationalities where the most amount of artworks are from. The word cloud represents the most collected artists from that specific nationality. The illustration is then followed by an artwork label containing information like the average born year of artists in that nationality. The varied canvas sizes echo back to the three most dominant dimensions in each museum’s collection, same is applied to the three different texture stylizations, which stand for the three most popular mediums. The database served in this work is provided by MoMA.