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.
Short Three long brown cylinders, squished and crumpled in places, lie horizontally in a row.
Short This black and white vertical portrait portrays a dark-skinned person with two faces, one looking left and the other looking right, with palm-like fronds surrounding the figure.
Long The masculine person, shown from the torso up, is wearing a vertically striped button-down shirt, a herringbone vest, and a dark tie. The subject takes up the majority of the image, with their shoulders extending to either of the vertical edges. The two superimposed faces, slightly overlapping, have a similarly stoic expression. Both of the faces have heavy, dark eyebrows, a wide rounded nose, a closed, expressionless mouth, and are crowned by a dark, curly afro hair style. The upper left and bottom corners all appear lighter in tone, as if overexposed. Surrounding the figure are lush, palm-like plant fronds, both in the background and foreground. Some of the fronds obscure the person's shoulders on both sides of the image.
Short Three yellow sculptures of abstract human figures stand as if communicating with each other outdoors in an urban setting.
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.
Short Mixed media drawing of intersecting lines layered with photographs of a house and a row of heads
Short 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.
Short A golden object, that may or may not be enclosing something, is composed of many folds almost like a stiff fabric, but appears to be hand-shaped metal.
Short A black-and-white rectangular photographic close up light skin with coarse black hair filling the bottom third of the frame
Short Photograph of a person-sized rounded outdoor sculpture made of grey, textured stone
Short Framed photograph of a tan, rocky terrain with a sliver of lake visible at the horizon and, at the top half of the image, a grey-blue sky with diffuse clouds
Short A circle of words formed by neon lights in green, blue, pink, and yellow reads, clockwise from the top: "LOVE HATE PLEASURE PAIN LIFE DEATH."
Long A black and white photograph of a blurred, gaunt face and the faded outline of the subject's neck and shoulders. The blurring produces a ghostly outline that issues from the subject. Both apparition and subject stare directly at the viewer; two parallel, white lines connect their eyes.
Short A hole in the shape of a curvy human form with raised arms and bent elbows is dug into wet sand. Bright red pigment fills and spills out of the human-shaped hole.