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May 24, 2014 – October 5, 2014

Rivaled only by the early years of the 1910s, when abstraction was pioneered in Europe and America, the forty-year period between 1950 and 1990 witnessed dramatic developments in abstract art. This exhibition features twenty-seven paintings by some of the era's most important artists, including Karel Appel, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Morris Louis, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, and Mark Rothko.

June 28, 2014 – September 21, 2014

Lee Bontecou: Drawn Worlds is the first retrospective exhibition of the drawings of American artist Lee Bontecou (born 1931). The exhibition spans more than five decades of Bontecou’s career, from the innovative works on paper created in the late 1950s with a welding torch and soot as drawing tool and medium to the work that is ongoing in her Pennsylvania studio.

Upcoming

October 11, 2014 – February 1, 2015

This exhibition features an extraordinary tea-leaf storage jar named Chigusa, which though made in China in the late thirteenth or fourteenth century, spent the next seven hundred years in Japan, where it acquired the multiple dimensions of its significance—its profoundly practical use as a jar for storing tea leaves, its great prestige and value as a Chinese jar, karamono chatsubo, and its individual name chosen from court poetry.

October 25, 2014 – January 25, 2015

Kongo across the Waters examines 500 years of cultural exchange between the Kongo, Europe, and the United States, showing the rise of Kongo as a major Atlantic presence and the transmission of Kongo culture through the transatlantic slave trade into American art.

February 21, 2015 – June 7, 2015

American cities underwent seismic transformations in the 1960s and 1970s, from shifting demographics and political protests to reshaping through highways and urban renewal. Amid this climate of upheaval, photographers, architects, activists, performance artists, and filmmakers turned conditions of crisis into sites for civic discourse and artistic expression.