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Strange Days

Sep 20, 2003–Jul 4, 2004

Strange Days, a dynamic new installation of more than a hundred works from the MCA Collection, addresses unsettling aspects of contemporary life and offers unexpected representations of everyday phenomena. Identifying various ways that artists in the postwar era have responded to the unpredictable and often-tumultuous changes in the political, economic, social, and cultural landscape, the exhibition is divided into thematic groupings such as travel and mobility, work and labor, sexuality, architecture, language, trauma and history, and transgression.

Strange Days features recent acquisitions to the MCA’s expanding collection by such artists as Nobuyoshi Araki, Chuck Close, Rineke Dijkstra, Andreas Gursky, João Onofre, Gary Simmons, and Gillian Wearing. Important works by Raymond Pettibon, Andy Warhol, Anselm Kiefer, Lorna Simpson, James Angus, Chris Burden, Howardena Pindell, Thomas Demand, Gabriel Kuri, Cindy Sherman, Balthus, William Kentridge, Jim Nutt, Richard Prince, Claire Zeisler, and Sharon Lockhart, among others, are also be presented. This exhibition is curated by MCA Associate Curators Staci Boris and Dominic Molon.

Funding

This exhibition is generously supported by C. Bradford Smith and Donald L. Davis. Air transportation is provided by American Airlines, the official airline of the Museum of Contemporary Art.