Various views of childhood – a mix of innocence and nostalgia, comic-strip heroes and science fiction, fairy tales and computer games – are explored in this exhibitions combining approximately forty thought-provoking works by contemporary artists and artists’ groups from the United States and abroad.
Inspired by French philosopher Roland Barthes’ book Writing Degree Zero, the exhibition identifies pictorial practices that fit neither the concept of an “autonomous,” truly abstract painting nor that of the ready-made, an object transposed from a specific context.
Curated by Carlos Basualdo
A title of a 1971 painting by Lee Krasner, Palingenesis refers to regeneration or new birth. As a subtitle for this retrospective exhibition of Krasner’s art, from 1929 to 1981, Palingenesis emphasizes her interest in rebirth and metamorphosis.
Curated by Robert Hobbs
The Chinese have traditionally viewed calligraphy, the art of writing pictographs, as the supreme art form. This exhibition steps outside the calligraphic tradition to both celebrate and critique the conventions associated with the written word.
Curated by Chang Tsong-zung
Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island presents the work of Cuban artists of the 1990s who explore irony as a strategy for psychological survival and oblique commentary.
Curated by Marilyn Zeitlin
Characteristic of the United States in their physical openness and heterogeneity, Pfaff’s works are amalgams of cross-cultural references derived from their immediate physical and social situations. These inclusive re-formations of familiar reality encourage people to look at art and at the surrounding world in new ways.
Curated by Miranda McClintic
This exhibition examines the uses and the value of tininess in contemporary art practices during the past thirty years. It focuses on artworks that embody specific qualities and issues associated with the extremely small, in particular, intimacy, a problematic accessibility, and a conception of the sublime that is playfully paradoxical.