What exactly is contemporary art? This question will be explored through more than 70 works of art created between 1980 and the present, with a focus on art from the last decade. You'll hear from artists, architects, and designers all over the world about their creative processes, materials, and inspiration.
Your journey will be guided by five themes: media from television to the internet, territories and transit, materials and making, agency, and power. You'll see 3-D–printed glass and fibre sculptures, performances in a factory and a museum, painted portraits (including those created with artificial intelligence), and interventions in television and video games.And much more, all from The Museum of Modern Art's collection.
Join us as artists invite us into their studios, out into their communities, and to experiment with the materials they use. You will not only gain a better understanding of how artists work today, but you will also look at some of their various approaches to today's pressing issues and questions.
1. Introduction to What Is Contemporary Art?
- What Is Contemporary Art?
2. Media from Television to the Internet
- In the studio with Arthur Jafa | "The place where images overlap is you"
- Beatriz González on her street posters in Bogotá, 1983
- Alfredo Jaar on Lament of the Images, 2002
- Dayanita Singh on Museum of Chance, 2013
- Susan Kare on designing the first Mac icons, 1980s
3. Territories & Transit
- In the studio with Rael San Fratello | Transforming the wall
- Bouchra Khalili on The Mapping Journey Project, 2008–11
- Mateo López on Travel without Movement, 2008–10
- Shellyne Rodriguez on Martin Wong, Stanton near Forsyth Street, 1983
- IRWIN on NSK Garda, 2002
- Amanda Williams on Color(ed) Theory Suite, 2014–16
4. Materials & Making
- At the Museum with Sheila Hicks | Form, Texture, Color
- Liz Deschenes on Tilt/Swing (360º field of vision, version 1), 2009
- Sheela Gowda on Of All People, 2011
- 3-D printed architecture with Rael San Fratello
- Lady Pink on Trust visions that don't feature buckets of blood, 1983–84
- Glenn Ligon on White #19, 1994
- Amy Sillman on making and unmaking painting
- In New York City with Pope.L | Direct action
- Two artists consider Catherine Opie, Dyke, 1993
- Tania Bruguera on Untitled (Havana, 2000), 2000
- Luis Camnitzer on Memorial, 2009
- Nick Cave on Soundsuit, 2011
- Lorraine O'Grady on Mlle Bourgeoise Noire, 1980–83/2009
- Xiao Lu on Dialogue, 1989
- Ralph Borland, Suited for Subversion (Prototype), 2002
- Instructor Christian Rattemeyer on Mark Lombardi's diagrams of power
- Deana Lawson on Nation, 2017
- Wolfgang Tillmans on Sendeschluss / End of Broadcast I, 2014
- Curator Paola Antonelli on Massoud Hassani's on Mine Kafon wind-powered deminer, 2011
- Rania Ghosn on After Oil, 2016