Upcoming Exhibition

September 7, 2019
December 8, 2019
Throughout the Museum

Contemporary artworks in many mediums will look at the movement of people across the globe and the welcome cracks that develop in our notions of borders and nation states—which, Leonard Cohen sang in his 1992 song “Anthem,” is “how the light gets in.”

The works consider experiences and perceptions of migration and encourage visitors to participate in a narrative of empathy and responsibility. Artists Kader Attia, Andrea Bowers, Mona Hatoum, Hayv Kahraman, Elisabeth Masé, Driss Ouadahi, Mounira Al Solh, Ai Weiwei, and many more will address conditions of mobility, vulnerability, and the loss of and yearning for home.

how the light gets in will be on view in all of our temporary exhibition galleries, curated by the Johnson's Andrea Inselmann. 

Summer 2019

John Akomfrah’s video installation Vertigo Sea will be on view beginning July 27 in the Bartels Gallery on Floor 1L as part of how the light gets in, which will open in its entirety on September 7. Created for the 2015 Venice Biennale and employing the artist’s signature nonnarrative, montage techniques, Vertigo Sea investigates the “aquatic sublime.” By weaving together a haunting meditation on colonialism, migration, slavery, and climate change, it portrays the ocean, as described by art historian T. J. Demos, “as a site of both terror and beauty, creating a vast expanse of historical meanings and experiential sensations.”