Madonna Surprises Fans With Impromptu MoMA Visit

MoMA was screening a documentary about, well, Madonna.

Madonna. Courtesy of Getty Images.

New York’s Museum of Modern Art held a special screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare this Wednesday to celebrate the documentary’s 25th anniversary, and little did they know that the Material Girl herself would be paying a visit.

Madonna: Truth or Dare, or what was then released as In Bed with Madonna, first hit theaters in 1991. The film presented a behind-the-scenes look at the star’s rise during her 1990 “Blonde Ambition” tour, where concerts were held to promote her hit albums I’m Breathless and Like a Prayer. Notably, the documentary also revealed intimate details about her private life, diving into the details that would inform her artistic vision.

In a blog post for MoMA, Izzy Lee, an assistant for the museum’s department of film, notes that the film “features her subverting gender norms, knowingly embodying Freud’s Madonna–whore complex.” She added: “The concept outlined two mutually exclusive ways to construct a sexual identity, and has been personified by two of Madonna’s biggest influences: the ever feminine Marilyn Monroe and the gender-subversive Marlene Dietrich.”

Though the Material Girl has always had a hand in the art world, she seems to be amping up her activities lately. Just last week, Madonna sent out an invitation for fans to join her on a trip to Art Basel in Miami Beach in December. Details surrounding her involvement at the fair have not yet been announced, but knowing Madge, fair-goers are probably in for a surprise.

See Madonna crashing the MoMA’s screening below:

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