Audio Tour:
The Language of Less (Then and Now)

About

The Language of Less (Then and Now) is inspired by the MCA’s rich holdings of work from the 1960s and seventies that typically rejects imagery, reveals little if any evidence of the artist’s hand, and embraces industrial materials. In doing so, this work—known broadly as Minimal art—directs the viewer without distraction to the subtle underpinnings of all form: line, plane, mass, and color.

The exhibition is divided into two distinct parts, the first of which presents a fresh reinstallation of this historical material, with work by artists such as Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, and Richard Serra. The second showcases a new generation of artists who have assimilated the lessons of their forebears but address a new range of concerns. These five contemporary artists—Leonor Antunes, Carol Bove, Jason Dodge, Gedi Sibony, and Oscar Tuazon—offer new insights into what is valuable and enduring in the historical work but also point us toward the pressing concerns of today.

Audio Playlist

  • 01

    Michael Darling

    Then — Introduction

    0:03:22
  • 02

    Jason Dodge

    Then — Tuttle's Purple Octagonal

    0:01:07
  • 03

    Leonor Antunes

    Then — Posenenke's Series DW Vierkantrohre

    0:01:13
  • 04

    Michael Darling

    Now — Introduction

    0:01:42
  • 05

    Jason Dodge

    Now — Now

    0:01:43
  • 06

    Leonor Antunes

    Now — Walk around there

    0:02:56