Color Bind: The MCA Collection in Black and White (audio tour)
Color Bind: The MCA Collection in Black and White investigates the museum’s rich permanent collection through one of art history’s basic formal lenses: the use of the colors black and white. In doing so, the exhibition considers how color can be used literally, formally, and metaphorically in art and reveals how apparently formal considerations are often rooted in social issues. With dozens of works in all media, Color Bind muses on the ways the English words “black” and “white” evoke both simple formal notions and metaphors for race, politics, and historical movements. Set to coincide with the recent US presidential election, this exhibition calls attention to the ways seemingly neutral formal terms assume moral dimensions that, in turn, complicate and politicize the very works assumed to be neutral.