Fall 2019–Spring 2021


Jack Whitten. Atopolis: For Édouard Glissant. 2014. Acrylic on canvas, eight panels, overall 124 1/2 × 248 1/2" (316.2 × 631.2 cm). Acquired through the generosity of Sid R. Bass, Lonti Ebers, Agnes Gund, Henry and Marie-Josée Kravis, Jerry Speyer and Katherine Farley, and Daniel and Brett Sundheim
  • MoMA, Floor 2, 215

How do we find potential in a conflicted present informed by legacies of oppression? Made within the last 10 years, the work gathered here suggests that despite divergent backgrounds and approaches, these artists share a strong affinity in daring to reimagine history. Employing a range of forms and materials, some of these works address historical traumas and their present-day echoes, while others imagine a more hopeful future rooted in multiplicity and diversity. Purposefully open-ended, this grouping of works refuses a tidy summation of the art of our time.

Organized by Roxana Marcoci, The David Dechman Senior Curator, Department of Photography, Paulina Pobocha, Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, and Lanka Tattersall, Laurenz Foundation Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, with Lydia Mullin, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture, and Giampaolo Bianconi, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance.

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