Collection 1980s–Present


Illusions of Life



Toba Khedoori. Untitled (Doors). 1995. Oil, wax, and pencil on three sheets of paper, 132 × 234" (335.3 × 594.4 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg. © 2024 Toba Khedoori
  • MoMA, Floor 2, 206 The David Geffen Wing

“There is a mysteriousness and spirituality in the most banal things. So my interest might be to reveal or make a crack in that mundaneness and show a glimpse of the miraculous,” artist Haegue Yang has said. This gallery brings together artworks by Yang and others that reimagine everyday environments through introspective reflection and material restraint. These works evoke spectral architectures, or spaces where what is absent may be as resonant as the visible or tangible.

Created primarily during the 1990s and early 2000s—a period marked by new forms of global interconnectivity that blurred distinctions between public and private spheres—these works focus on the intricacies of daily life as a means to reflect, capture, or magnify experiences of time, space, and the self.

Organized by Erica Papernik-Shimizu, Associate Curator of Media and Performance, and Lanka Tattersall, Curator of Drawing and Prints, with Abby Hermosilla, Curatorial Assistant, Curatorial Affairs.

6 works online

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