Multitudes, an installation of works from the Art Museum’s collections of Modern and Contemporary Art, explores the expressive power of accretion, amalgamation, repetition and collaborative practice across varied media. As systems of production and replication were automated then digitized throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, artists have grappled with the methods and meaning of this development in their practice. Artworks by El Anatsui, Vik Muniz, Howardena Pindell, Allan McCollum, John Baldessari and others ask us to consider questions such as: how does the presence of the artist’s hand, incorporation of chance-based procedures, or reliance on personal memory confront systems of mechanized production?

  • Inverse Decay
    Inverse Decay, 2002
    Jason Middlebrook, American, born 1966 | Printed and published by Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE)
  • Rain Catcher
    Rain Catcher, 2006
    Jiha Moon 문지하, South Korean, born 1973
  • Blowing laundry
    Blowing laundry, 1980
    Lois Dodd, American, born 1927
  • Two pink cloths on line
    Two pink cloths on line, 1980
    Lois Dodd, American, born 1927
  • Two red curtains blowing
    Two red curtains blowing, 1980
    Lois Dodd, American, born 1927
  • Two red curtains
    Two red curtains, 1980
    Lois Dodd, American, born 1927
  • Wall hanging
    Wall hanging, 1975
    Alexander Calder, American, 1898–1976