This extraordinary exhibition features forty contemporary artists from North, South, and Central America, Cuba, Africa, China, and Europe, including Matthew Barney, Vanessa Beecroft, Roman de Salvo, Zhang Huan, William Kentridge, Byron Kim, Jean Lowe, Vik Muniz, and Cindy Sherman, many of whose works have not appeared in the Upper Valley before. The exhibition defies categorization by style, school, or medium, but a number of key ideas recur throughout, such as the body; the construction of identity (gender, personal, social, or ethnic); the role of the artist; and one's relationship to everyday occurrences and objects.
This exhibition was originated by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, provided major support. Additional funding came from the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the County of San Diego, the California Arts Council, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Its presentation at the Hood Museum of Art and Jaffe-Friede and Strauss Galleries is generously supported by the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Fund and the Leon C. 1927, Charles L. 1955, and Andrew J. 1984 Greenebaum Fund, and the Studio Art Exhibition Program at Dartmouth College.
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