Take Two. Worlds and Views: Contemporary Art from the Collection

Sep 14, 2005–Mar 21, 2006


Dana Schutz. Presentation. 2005. Oil on canvas, 10 × 14′ (304.8 × 426.7 cm). Fractional and promised gift of Michael and Judy Ovitz. © 2016 Dana Schutz
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The approximately fifty works in Take Two are combined in unexpected cross-generational groupings and thematic ensembles. The striking variety of works—video, audio pieces, photography, painting, multi-part works on paper, and large-scale installations—together propose a series of conversations and confrontations among the works and accentuate important innovations in art made between 1965 and the present. Take Two addresses three significant preoccupations in contemporary art: shifting perceptions of identity; explorations of the political landscape; and the notion of the sublime and the dematerialization of the art object.

Take Two features a number of significant recent acquisitions that have not previously been exhibited, including works by Marina Abramovic, James Lee Byars, Janet Cardiff, Mona Hatoum, Gary Hill, Rudolph Schwartzkogler, and Yinka Shonibare.

Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Curator, Department of Film and Media, The Museum of Modern Art, and Chief Curator of P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center; and Roxana Marcoci, Associate Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art.

JPMorgan Chase is the sponsor of the reinstallation of The Museum of Modern Art’s Collection.

Major Support is provided by Banana Republic and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


  • Press release 4 pages


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