5. Jeff Koons at The Museum of Modern Art
The MoMA has nine acquisitions from Jeff Koons but the only one currently on view is “New Shelton Wet/Dry Doubledecker,” another vacuum cleaner work. This one features two 5 gallon New Shelton brand Wet/Dry vacuum cleaners, never used and enclosed in plexiglass, much like the New Hoover Convertibles at the Whitney Museum.
The MoMA description provides additional information on the construction of this work, including that the glass is hermetically sealed. Koons has also highlighted the sexual nature of the vacuum cleaners, stating “I chose the vacuum cleaner because of its anthropomorphic qualities. It is a breathing machine. It also displays both male and female sexuality. It has orifices and phallic attachments.”