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Upcoming Exhibitions


Artists’ Choices: Zvi Goldstein, Susan Hiller, Yinka Shonibare

Through January 2011

On view in the Museum’s centrally located temporary exhibition facilities in the new Harry and Bella Wexner Gallery, the three Artists Choices exhibitions are curated by contemporary artists Zvi Goldstein, Susan Hiller, and Yinka Shonibare. The curator-in-charge of the initiative is Suzanne Landau, Yulla and Jacques Lipchitz Chief Curator of the Arts and Landeau Family Curator of Contemporary Art.
Harry and Bella Wexner Gallery

Zvi Goldstein: Haunted by Objects

Romanian-born, Israeli artist Zvi Goldstein brings together over 600 objects—ranging from masterpieces from the collection to everyday objects from the Museum’s offices and storerooms—in a highly concentrated, floor-to-ceiling installation. Interspersed within this wunderkabinet-like display are sixty-two short text-poems from Goldstein’s book, (not yet published), Room #205, which was written following an experience he had hovering between day dream and hallucination in a Tel Aviv hotel room. Each poem is positioned within a non-hierarchical cluster of Museum treasures and found objects, raising questions about museology, curatorship, and art. Among the works chosen are: prehistoric goddesses, ancient Greek kraters, African masks, Japanese screens, and Dada ready-mades, as well as modern and contemporary sculptures and photographs by such artists as Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Marcel Duchamp, Harold Edgerton, Donald Judd, and André Kertész. 

Susan Hiller: A Work in Progress

Drawing solely from the Museum’s holdings in modern and contemporary art, American artist Susan Hiller assembles approximately thirty-five works, all of which struck her as being “simultaneously poetic, political, melancholic, and optimistic.” Hiller’s journey through the Museum’s collections drew her to works dealing with fragmentation, text, mortality, typography, and art by women, among other subjects. Rather than revolving around her own work, the exhibition presents a personal selection that reflects the artist’s deepest interests. The presentation includes works by artists from around the world in a variety of mediums, among them: Walid Abu-Shakra, Christian Boltanski, Elisa and Andre Breton, Gaston Zvi Ickowicz, Anselm Kiefer, and Barbara Kruger. 

Yinka Shonibare: Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water

Themes of cultural identity dominate the exhibition curated by Nigeran-born, London-based artist Yinka Shonibare, who has chosen over 300 works from the Museum’s collections to examine the ways in which cultures influence one another. Grouped according to the organizing principle of the four elements—earth, wind, fire, and water—the objects are linked by associative and aesthetic relationships, as well as by the artist’s signature focus on cultural hybrids. Shonibare is creating four new works especially for the exhibition, each representing one of the four elements and reflecting Shonibare’s emblematic style of dressing figures in Victorian-era garments made from colorful, African-identified batik textiles. The resulting installation, highlighting human commonalities above and beyond conflict, includes: prehistoric stone tools, Roman-period Egyptian figurines, and a South African ceremonial initiation and fertility doll, alongside works by Yasumasa Morimura, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Andres Serrano, and Ettore Sottsass.

Inaugural Exhibitions in the Collection Wings

In addition to viewing Artist Choices, visitors will also be able to enjoy changing installations within the Museum’s collection gallery wings and in the Ruth Youth Wing. These exhibitions are presented in addition to the permanent collection displays and reflect the depth and breadth of the Museum’s encyclopedic holdings.

All inaugural exhibitions open to the public on July 26, 2010, in conjunction with the opening of the Museum’s completed and renewed campus. 

Still / Moving

April 2011

Exploring the use of slow and meditative movement in a variety of mediums, including installation, video, and photography, Still / Moving draws from the Museum’s wide-ranging holdings in contemporary art and features such artists as: Carlos Amorales, Olafur Eliasson, Mona Hatoum, Junya Ishigami, and Bill Viola. Each work takes a different approach to the contemplative aspect of motion, exploring ways in which slow movement has the power to fascinate, even hypnotize, and how it can modify our perception of space and our experience of individual works of art. The exhibition is curated by Suzanne Landau, Yulla and Jacques Lipchitz Chief Curator of the Arts and Landeau Family Curator of Contemporary Art.

Edmond and Lily Safra Fine Arts Wing

A Rare Gift: The Noel and Harriette Levine Collection of Photographs

Through December 2010

The Noel and Harriette Levine Photography Collection, comprising 125 works spanning over 160 years, is considered among the finest photography collections in private hands and will be presented in its entirety in its first public display since it was gifted to the Museum in 2008. The collection includes works ranging from 19th-century British calotypes, to modernist masterpieces, to recent examples of contemporary work. It includes notable images by André Kertész, Paul Outerbridge, Man Ray, August Sander, and Cindy Sherman, among others. The exhibition is curated by Nissan Perez, Horace and Grace Goldsmith Senior Curator of the Noel and Harriette Levine Department of Photography.

Edmond and Lily Safra Fine Arts Wing
Drawing Questions

Through October 2010

This exhibition explores the medium of drawing, using examples from the Museum’s rich holdings in this area from the 16th century to the present. Works on display are organized according to the purpose they serve for the artist, such as preparatory drawings for sculptures or drawings that reflect the artist’s inner feelings, irrespective of place, time, or artistic prestige. The exhibition includes works on paper by such artists as: Avigdor Arikha, Pinchas Cohen Gan, Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Paul Klee, Bernadino Luini, Pablo Picasso, and Egon Schiele. Drawing Questions is curated by Meira Perry-Lehmann, Michael Bromberg Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings.

Edmond and Lily Safra Fine Arts Wing 


The Four Seasons

Through April 2011

The depiction of the seasons has been a popular genre throughout the history of art, and especially in the art of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, in accordance with a highly academic approach using a standard set of landscapes and symbols. However, beginning in the late-19th century, when artists began to leave their studios and paint outdoors, the portrayal of seasons became a more colorful affair, focusing less on agrarian society and more on cityscapes and urban life. The Four Seasons examines this point of transition in the history of art through works by Gustave Courbet, Aelbert Cuyp, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Rodin, and Lesser Ury, among others. The exhibition is curated by Shlomit Steinberg, Hans Dichand Curator of European Art

Edmond and Lily Safra Fine Arts Wing 


Breaking Ground – Pioneers of Biblical Archaeology

Through May 2011

At the entrance to the renewed Bronfman Archaeology Wing, this exhibition illuminates the connection between the artifacts on display in the Wing and the history of the professional discipline of archaeological field work, from tomb raids to modern-day excavations. Bringing archaeology to life through the stories of Flinders Petrie, Felicien de Saulcy, and Conrad Schick—three representative figures in Middle Eastern archaeological exploration in the mid-late 19th century—the exhibition introduces viewers to their pioneering work in the field, as well as the activities of the Palestine Exploration Fund. Excavation tools, archaeological findings, photographs, and drawings are among the objects on display in The Beginning of Archaeology in the Holy Land, curated by Hagit Maoz Lin, Assistant to the Chief Curator of Archaeology. 

Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Archaeology Wing
Isaac Julien, Western Union: Small Boats

Through October 2010

Isaac Julien’s ongoing exploration of the impact of location—entailing journeys across continents and cultures—culminated in the film installation trilogy True North (2004), Fantôme Afrique (2005), and Western Union: Small Boats (2007). Western Union: Small Boats conjures up the experience of North Africans attempting to escape war and famine by crossing the Mediterranean Sea. The result, following four years of research, is a film projected on three screens, taking the viewer to the shores of Sicily. The installation is curated by Suzanne Landau, Yulla and Jacques Lipchitz Chief Curator of the Arts and Landeau Family Curator of Contemporary Art.

Edmond and Lily Safra Fine Arts Wing


Through February 2011

As early as the 15th century, Leon Battista Alberti referred to the open window as the frame for a painting—the window serving as a metaphor for the world. Highlighting the Museum's diverse collections, this Youth Wing exhibition displays objects and images that explore different aspects of the window in art, while inviting viewers on a journey through landscapes of romance, mystery and yearning. The exhibition is curated by Hagit Allon, Senior Exhibition Curator in the Ruth Youth Wing.

Ruth Youth Wing 

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