Figuration, the body, and representation

1980–today

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Will Wilson, Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange
Will Wilson, Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange

Referencing the photographs of Edward Curtis, Wilson intends to produce a contemporary visual reimagining of Native American culture through his photographs.

Takashi Murakami
Takashi Murakami

In his New York City studio, Takashi Murakami discusses his three-decades-long practice in which he blends traditional and modern art techniques to create enormous paintings with a visual power unmatched in contemporary art.

Figures & Fictions: Santu Mofokeng
Figures & Fictions: Santu Mofokeng

Mofokeng lives in Johannesburg where he began his career as a photojournalist, but has long been engaged with the poetic and symbolic potential of black and white photography.

Catherine Opie, <em>Self-Portrait/Cutting</em>
Catherine Opie, Self-Portrait/Cutting

Opie has been using photography as a means of self-expression—and making friends through taking their portraits—since age nine.

Shirin Neshat, ‘Dreams Are Where Our Fears Live’
Shirin Neshat, ‘Dreams Are Where Our Fears Live’

Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat uses film, video, and photography to explore issues of gender and identity, with a particular focus on women's relationships with religious cultural systems of Islam.

Stefanie Jackson, <em>Bluest Eye</em>
Stefanie Jackson, Bluest Eye

Taking its name from Toni Morrison's debut novel, this painting shows the clash of innocence and the adult violence of bigotry and hatred.

Identity Politics: From the Margins to the Mainstream
Identity Politics: From the Margins to the Mainstream

As the ideas and perspectives from non-white artists, queer artists, and those with other intersectional identities were given space in the museum throughout the 1990s, the terrain of art history began to shift as well.

Renée Stout, interview about <em>Fetish #2</em>
Renée Stout, interview about Fetish #2

Renée Stout explains the personal and found objects included in her life-size sculpture “Fetish #2"

Catherine Opie, Figure and Landscape series
Catherine Opie, Figure and Landscape series

For this series, Opie photographed football games and players in seven states across America—but looked past clichés associated with the sport

Wangechi Mutu, <i>The NewOnes, will free Us</i>
Wangechi Mutu, The NewOnes, will free Us

Go behind the scenes with contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu, who discusses the inspiration and making of The NewOnes, will free Us, an exhibition of four sculpture that inaugurate The Met's annual facade commission

Stephanie Syjuco, <i>The Visible Invisible</i>
Stephanie Syjuco, The Visible Invisible

American-prairie style and Civil War Antebellum style dresses made out of green screen material conjure images of specific time periods in American history, as well as the tropes of womanhood, Western expansion, and Puritanism

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