March 16, 2010 - Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) - Until Now: Collecting the New (1960–2010)
March 16, 2010

Until Now: Collecting the New (1960–2010)

Yayoi Kusama
Untitled, 1967
Oil on canvas
Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York

Until Now: Collecting the New (1960–2010)
April 16 – August 1, 2010

Organized and curated by Elizabeth Armstrong,
the MIA’s curator of contemporary art and assistant
director of exhibitions and programs

Target Gallery
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

www.artsmia.org

Inaugural Show, “Until Now: Collecting the New (1960–2010)”
Kicks Off Contemporary Art Initiative at MIA

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) celebrates its new commitment to contemporary art with the exhibition “Until Now: Collecting the New (1960–2010).” Opening April 16, 2010, the exhibition includes more than 90 works by artists who have challenged and altered the direction of visual art over the past five decades. Presenting a fresh vision of international art made during the past fifty years, the exhibition also builds on the strengths of the museum’s renowned historical collections.

“Until Now: Collecting the New” is organized by Elizabeth Armstrong, the MIA’s curator of contemporary art and assistant director of exhibitions and programs. It is part of a larger series of contemporary art initiatives being developed at the MIA that will include touring exhibitions and new public programs, an increased emphasis on acquiring contemporary art, and collaborations with artists in the galleries and across museum departments. One of the most exciting new programs, “Art ReMix,” will be introduced in conjunction with “Until Now.”

New Program – Art ReMix – Joins Exhibition
In “Art ReMix,” selected works of contemporary art will be on view throughout the MIA galleries in a variety of juxtapositions with the museum’s wonderfully rich and diverse historical holdings. Through this dialogue between contemporary and historical art, new perspectives on our past, our present, and often ourselves are revealed.

“Art ReMix” juxtapositions include Kehinde Wiley’s dramatic portrait of two African Brazilian street youth, painted in 2009 in the bold style of baroque religious pictures and installed in the museum’s traditional baroque gallery; Yinka Shonibare’s Dressing Down, 1997, a headless mannequin dressed in a replica 18th century European-style dress made from textiles associated with African identity, which is installed in the museum’s luxurious Grand Salon; Nam June Paik’s TV Buddha, 1989, meditating on a single-channel video installed in proximity to the museum’s renowned collection of Buddhist sculpture; Lorraine O’Grady’s photographs of family albums in the Egyptian gallery; and a series of JoAnn Verburg’s landscape photographs installed in the context of Korean ceramics and folding screens. Other contemporary artists in “Art ReMix” include Ai Weiwei, Willie Cole, Sharon Core, Kota Ezawa, Cindy Sherman, Alec Soth and Thomas Struth.

In addition to the artists mentioned above, “Until Now: Collecting the New (1960–2010)” comprises a wide range of modern masters as well as those emerging on the scene, including Mequitta Ahuja, Doug Aitken, Siah Armajani, Rebecca Belmore, Ross Bleckner, Michaël Borremans, Nick Cave, John Chamberlain, Mona Hatoum, Zhang Huan, David Hockney, Alfred Jensen, Jasper Johns, Ilya Kabakov, Yayoi Kusama, Roy Lichtenstein, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Claes Oldenburg, Roxy Paine, Gerhard Richter, Peter Saul, Carolee Schneemann, Bill Viola, and Andy Warhol, among many others.

Generous support for this exhibition is provided by The Private Client Reserve at U.S. Bank and H.B. Fuller.

Press Contacts:
Anne-Marie Wagener, P.R. Director
(612) 870-3280; awagener@artsmia.org

Tammy Pleshek, P.R. Specialist
(612) 870-3171; tpleshek@artsmia.org

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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