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Luc Tuymans (audio tour)

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Interested in the lingering effects of World War II on the lives of Europeans, Luc Tuymans explores issues of history and memory, as well as the relationship between photography and painting, using a muted palette to create canvases that are simultaneously withholding and disarmingly stark. Drawing on imagery from photography, television, and film, his distinctive compositions make ingenious use of cropping, close-ups, framing, and sequencing, offering fresh perspectives on the medium of painting, as well as larger cultural issues.

The MCA’s Pamela Alper Associate Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm and artist Luc Tuymans provide insight on the exhibition.

Over the past fifty years, artists have increasingly engaged the presence of the audience in the conception, production, and presentation of their work. Without You I’m Nothing comprises works drawn from the MCA Collection that demonstrate a cultural shift towards a greater engagement for the individual in the public realm.

Susan Musich, Programmer of Interpretive Programs, provides insight into the exhibition.

Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy pairs the work of Alexander Calder with the work of seven contemporary artists whose practices are bound to Calder’s legacy as modern sculptor. While a well-known, even beloved figure in art, Calder has not previously been considered an important point of reference for contemporary artists. This is the first exhibition to explore Calder’s significance for an emerging generation of sculptors, reconsidering his influence and his innovation through a presentation of his own work alongside the work of contemporary artists.

MCA Curator Lynne Warren, and contemporary artists Nathan Carter, Aaron Curry, Kristi Lippire, Jason Meadows, and Jason Middlebrook provide insight on the exhibition.