Don’t Look Back

The 1990s at MOCA

Exhibition Website

Mar 12 2016 - Jul 11 2016

Don’t Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA comprises works from MOCA’s permanent collection that identify the recent decade’s key concerns and transformations, including many that have not been on view since originally shown and acquired.

If the 1980s were shaped by the advent of identity politics, producing significant works that examined the nexus of race, gender, and sexuality, the 1990s both extended and challenged these ideas. Many artists turned to large-scale installations as a way to convey a complicated interface between the public and the museum, or to articulate the realms of overlap and dissonance in individual and public identities.

The exhibition includes works by Catherine Opie, Cady Noland, Sarah Sze, and Paul McCarthy, among others, and explores the complexities of the period by dividing the presentation into six thematically grouped sections, titled: Installation;  The Outmoded;  Noir America;  Place and Identity;  Touch, Intimacy, and Queerness;  and Space, Place, and Scale.

Exhibition overview from the MOCA website

  • American
  • Contemporary

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