Collection

Works on View

Description

The MCA began as a kunsthalle, a noncollecting museum dedicated to producing rotating exhibitions. In keeping with this origin, the museum has no permanent collection galleries; works from our collection often appear in special exhibitions. This section keeps visitors up-to-date on which collection works are currently on view. Ask a Visitor Services associate (wearing a "HI" pin) about where to find them in the museum.

Collection items

2010s

2000s

  • On viewThomas Schütte, Ganz Grosse Geister (Big Spirits XL), 2004
    Three yellow sculptures of abstract human figures stand as if communicating with each other outdoors in an urban setting.
    1. Long Three yellow and white forms are installed on an outdoor terrace. The forms resemble human bodies, yet they have no faces. The heads of the forms are created from coiled, hard textured material and the bodies are similarly constructed of coiled material, arranged into torsos, arms and legs. The scale of the figures is about double the size of an average person and the are arranged about a half of a figure length apart from each other. The figure on the left appears to have its head tilted to the sky, while the center figure faces to the right, where the third figure bends lightly towards the ground, hand upraised. The bright color of the figures contrasts with urban scene in the background: behind the figures a black fence, green leafy trees and tall gray buildings are visible. The sky is bright blue and the bright light of mid-day casts sharp shadows below the figures.

1990s

  • On viewFelix Gonzalez-Torres, "Untitled" (The End), 1990
    A rectangular column of white paper with a black border rests on a concrete floor in a neat stack that is nearly as tall as the paper is wide.
  • On viewGlenn Ligon, Untitled, 1992
    A framed text, black on white, reads "I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background". This phrase is repeated and gradually becomes distorted until illegible at the bottom.
    1. Long A body of black text is printed on a white rectangle with even borders of white space on all four sides. The text reads "I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background," repeated without punctuation or line breaks to separate the repetitions. The text is printed in a stenciled font with gritty smudges that become more and more prominent as the text continues, eventually blending with the text at the bottom of the image, rendering it almost illegible. It has a narrow black frame.
  • On viewGlenn Ligon, Untitled (Study #1 for Prisoner of Love), 1992
    Black stenciled text that reads "WE ARE THE INK THAT GIVES THE WHITE PAGE A MEANING" repeats for twenty-nine lines, gradually becoming distorted until it's almost illegible at the bottom.
  • On viewKerry James Marshall, Scout (Boy), 1995
    A young African-American boy with jet black skin wearing a scouts uniform and a small gold earring stares at the viewer. A halo of white surrounds his head.
  • On viewPaul Pfeiffer, Fragment of a Crucifixion (after Francis Bacon), 1999
    A palm-sized digital projector is mounted a few inches away from a white wall. It projects a small image of a uniformed athlete standing in a crowded arena.
  • On viewAndres Serrano, Untitled (Knifed to Death I and II), 1992
    Two side-by-side photos each show a light-skinned hand extending away from the other. The hands each have small, bloodied wounds on their wrists and blackened fingertips.

1980s

1970s

1960s