Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Jim Hodges (American, b. 1957)

The End from Where You Are, 1998

Silk, cotton, polyester, and thread

16 x 16 ft.; 4.9 x 4.9 m

Restricted gift in memory of John S. Baran with an additional restricted support from the Meta S. and Ronald Berger Family Foundation

The End from Where You Are is the last flower curtain in a series that Jim Hodges began in 1995. The elegantly simple presentation of a large field of silk flowers sewn together evokes a sense of nostalgia, longing, and memory. Although Hodges used a vibrant array of colors in previous flower curtains, this work is composed almost entirely of black flowers. According to Hodges, “The darkness in the work, like a darkening sky at the end of the day as the earth turns from the sun, brings the viewer to a place of quiet reflection.”