Uniqlo Shows Its Love For MoMa

Fashion and art have long made goo-goo eyes at each other. But UNIQLO, known for doing good things, is so smitten with MoMA that it’s actually gone and made a standing Friday date: as of May 3rd, the retailer will sponsor UNIQLO Free Friday Nights–with the first 1000 art lovers arriving that evening scoring a free tote bag.

Fittingly, Tadashi Yanai, chairman, president, and CEO of parent company Fast Retailing, insists The Modern is his "favorite museum in the world." And despite the occasional outcry from art purists, MoMA’s director insists that such support of the free admission program year-round "helps [the museum] fulfill its mission of making art accessible to a wider public." Evidence comes by way of an expanded public schedule, with MoMA to be open seven days a week as of May 1st.

Upcoming exhibition highlights include Ellsworth Kelly: Chatham Series (May 25 – September 8) and Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes (June 15 – September 23). For those who like a bit of hobnobbing with their art, summer Friday evenings in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden are something of a social scene. 

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