Collection 1980s–Present



Fall 2019–Fall 2020


Zofia Kulik. The Splendor of Myself II. 1997. Nine gelatin silver prints, overall 59 1/16 × 42 1/2" (150 × 108 cm). Acquired with support from The Modern Women’s Fund. © 2019 Zofia Kulik
  • MoMA, Floor 2, 206 The David Geffen Wing

The works brought together in this gallery suggest a dialogue between artists across nations and generations who have reimagined how women might be represented. Believing that art has transformative power, these artists have looked to mythology, folklore, art history, and popular culture—both ancient and current—to reconsider the past. They imagine new worlds that are liberated from long-standing conventions or perceptions, and often choose unusual materials for artmaking, from sand and fiber to their own bodies. Together, these artists explore how the female form—through both defiant and poetic means—inhabits the world.

Organized by Roxana Marcoci, The David Dechman Senior Curator, Department of Photography and Paulina Pobocha, Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, with Giampaolo Bianconi, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance.

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