Since the mid-1960s Bruce Nauman has been in search of new ways to make sculpture, employing a tremendous range of materials and working methods. Spanning the artist's 50-year career, Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts provides a singular opportunity to experience his command of a wide range of mediums, from drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture to performance, film, neon, and large-scale installations.
This expansive presentation across both of MoMA's locations-the Museum's entire sixth floor and all of MoMA PS1-offers distinct but complementary perspectives. The exhibition marks the US premiere of two works: Leaping Foxes (2018), a large-scale hanging sculpture, and his state-of-the-art 3-D video projection Contrapposto Split (2017). The nearly 50-foot-long Kassel Corridor (Elliptical Space) (1972) will be on view in New York for the first time.
Probing structures of power and established norms, questioning such values as "good" and "bad," and leaving his work open to multiple, often conflicting, understandings, Nauman repeatedly tests the viewer's willingness to relinquish the safety of the familiar. We must be alert, ever vigilant, and wary of being seduced by the easy answers. This, his work teaches us, is where freedom begins.