László Moholy-Nagy. Yellow Circle. 1921. Oil on canvas. 53 1/8 × 45″ (135 × 114.3 cm). The Riklis Collection of McCrory Corporation. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

This exhibition considers the transformation of the art object from static image to light projection within two distinct artistic lineages: the unconventional optical techniques and social analyses of the 1920s Neue Optik, or “New Vision,” generation of artists, among them László Moholy-Nagy, Hans Richter, and Marcel Duchamp; and the situational aesthetics advanced by Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Smithson, and Anthony McCall in the 1970s. Drawing attention to the conditions and complexities of perception—both within the framework of institutional display and in other surroundings—these artists have redefined the social potential of visual agency.

Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator, Department of Media, and Roxana Marcoci, Curator, Department of Photography.

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