Jurassic Age

Sui Jianguo is considered one of China’s most important contemporary sculptors. His work is often seen as a symbol of China’s transition from communism to capitalism. While playful, Sui’s oversized red dinosaur also evokes the dragon symbol of imperialist China the country’s current aggressive business practices. The phrase “Made in China” embossed on the dinosaur’s stomach references China’s emergence as a contemporary economic juggernaut.

“The reason I enlarge the toys to such an enormous size is to highlight the political economic system behind them. Dinosaur toys are designed by a company in a western country, produced in China and then commercially distributed around the globe.” - Sui Jianguo

Image Credits: Sui Jianguo, Jurassic Age.

Placed Just Below Above the Horizon

Weiner was an early pioneer in conceptual art. In 1968, the nature of his work changed radically after he built an outdoor sculpture of string criss-crossing the front lawn at Windham Collage in Vermont. Over its installation, the students gradually cut all of the strings in order to cross the lawn freely. Weiner realised that his viewers could have had the same experience by simply reading a verbal description of his idea for the piece. Challenging traditional assumptions about the nature of the art object, Weiner’s work has focused on the forms of display and distribution. Since the 1970s, he has concentrated on wall installations of epigrammatic statements. Most of these pieces (ours included) are done by a proxy according to the precise instructions as to size and colour dictated by the artist. Weiner’s work is centered on the potential for language to serve as an art form.

Image Credits: Lawrence Weiner, Placed Just Below Above the Horizon, 2009. Vinyl. Gift of the Sam and Judy Linhart Foundation in honor of the Museum’s 50th Anniversary.

About The Contemporary Art Collection

The Contemporary Collection - art created since the 1950s - is one of the most active and growing areas in the Museum. The collection includes large-scale photography, outdoor sculpture, and art created in a variety of surprising and unexpected materials, plus more "traditional" paintings on canvas. In several instances, daring works push the technical limitations of several media, including computer-controlled LED lighting and video, ceramics, mirrored glass, and even charred wood struck by lightning. In these works, viewers explore human experiences through examinations of abstracted forms, the power of nature, plays of light, shadow and reflective surfaces, and the unknown possibilities of infinity. The Contemporary Art collection provides memorable visual experiences of works by leading artists, including Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt, Josiah McElheny, Julian Opie, Donald Judd, Michal Rovner, Yayoi Kusama, Cornelia Parker, among many others.

Current Exhibitions

PhxArt60 Marshall and Hendler Galleries Saturday, September 7, 2019 - Sunday, January 26, 2020

[Re]purposed The Hub: The James K. Ballinger Interactive Gallery Saturday, December 7, 2019 - Sunday, August 30, 2020

Yayoi Kusama: You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies Katz Wing for Modern Art Friday, December 20, 2019 - Thursday, December 31, 2020

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Joseph Cornell Orme Lewis Gallery Saturday, January 25, 2020 - Sunday, July 12, 2020

Teresita Fernández: Elemental Katz Wing for Modern Art Saturday, March 21, 2020 - Sunday, July 26, 2020

Stories of Abstraction Steele Gallery Saturday, May 2, 2020 - Sunday, September 20, 2020

Ann Morton: A Violet Protest Marshall and Hendler galleries Saturday, September 19, 2020 - Sunday, January 31, 2021

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Past Exhibitions

Julio César Morales: Invaders Katz Wing for Modern Art Friday, March 1, 2019 - Sunday, August 4, 2019

Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam Through Time and Place Asian Art Galleries Saturday, January 26, 2019 - Monday, May 27, 2019

Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain and Other Myths Anderman, Marcus, and Marley Galleries Saturday, November 3, 2018 - Sunday, April 14, 2019

Mirror Mirror The Hub: The James K. Ballinger Interactive Gallery Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - Sunday, February 17, 2019

Rauschenberg and Johns: The Blurring of Art and Life Orientation Gallery Saturday, July 14, 2018 - Sunday, February 17, 2019

In the Company of Women Steele Gallery Saturday, July 7, 2018 - Sunday, August 12, 2018

2017 Contemporary Forum Artists' Grants Recipients Marshall and Hendler galleries Thursday, May 24, 2018 - Sunday, November 4, 2018

The Figure in Context Mabel A. Woodyard Gallery for American Art Friday, May 4, 2018 - Sunday, September 2, 2018

Video Crossings: Kent Monkman Howard Hendler Gallery Saturday, December 2, 2017 - Sunday, February 18, 2018

Past/Future/Present Steele Gallery Friday, September 1, 2017 - Sunday, December 31, 2017

Video Crossings Series Marshall and Hendler Galleries Friday, August 4, 2017 - Sunday, December 31, 2017

2016 Contemporary Forum Artists Grant Winners Anderman and Marley Galleries Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Propeller Group Marshall, Hendler, and Anderman Galleries Saturday, February 18, 2017 - Sunday, May 14, 2017

Special Installation: Marshall Gallery and Hendler Gallery Friday, November 4, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016

Kehinde Wiley Katz Wing, Main Level Friday, October 7, 2016 - Sunday, January 8, 2017

Get Face Marshall Gallery and Hendler Gallery Saturday, September 17, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016

Phoenix Rising Steele Gallery Saturday, April 16, 2016 - Sunday, May 29, 2016

2015 Contemporary Forum Artists Grant Winners Harnett Gallery Saturday, April 9, 2016 - Sunday, June 12, 2016

Super Indian The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Gallery and Paul and Merle Marcus Atrium Saturday, February 27, 2016 - Sunday, June 5, 2016

2014 Contemporary Forum Artists Grant Winners Lyon Gallery Saturday, April 25, 2015 - Sunday, May 31, 2015

Rachel Bess Rineberg Gallery Saturday, April 25, 2015 - Sunday, May 31, 2015

Andy Warhol Marley Foundation Gallery Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - Sunday, June 21, 2015

Vanitas Marshall and Hendler Galleries Sunday, November 2, 2014 - Sunday, February 8, 2015

Lifelike Steele Gallery Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - Sunday, May 18, 2014

Contemporary Forum Grant Winners Lyon Gallery Saturday, April 13, 2013 - Sunday, May 19, 2013

Annie Lopez Chase Lobby Saturday, April 13, 2013 - Sunday, June 30, 2013

Ahmed Alsoudani Marley Gallery Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - Sunday, July 7, 2013

Kehinde Wiley Marshall and Hendler Galleries Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - Sunday, June 23, 2013

And the Land Grew Quiet Mashall and Hendler Galleries Saturday, February 11, 2012 - Sunday, June 10, 2012

Seeing is Believing Katz Wing for Modern and Contemporary art, Marshall Gallery and Hendler Gallery Saturday, September 3, 2011 - Sunday, January 22, 2012

Living for Art Orme Lewis Gallery Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Monday, July 4, 2011

Phantom Sightings Steele Gallery Sunday, July 12, 2009 - Sunday, September 20, 2009

Locals Only Steele Gallery Friday, June 12, 2009 - Sunday, September 20, 2009

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