Collection 1970s–Present


History in the Present Tense

Spring 2021–Fall 2021


Deana Lawson. Nation. 2017. Pigmented inkjet prints, 55 1/2 × 67 1/4" (141 × 170.8 cm). Committee on Photography Fund. © 2019 Deana Lawson
  • MoMA, Floor 2, 215

How do we find potential in a present shaped by legacies of oppression and systemic racism? The artists gathered here—who come from divergent backgrounds and employ a range of forms and materials—share a strong affinity in daring to reimagine history.

These works, made in the last ten years, address historical traumas and their present-day echoes or make space to imagine a more hopeful future rooted in multiplicity and reciprocity. Examining the urgent, enduring issues of our time, they raise questions that resist easy answers.

Organized by 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

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