Open Ends

Sep 28, 2000–Mar 4, 2001


Lorna Simpson. Wigs (Portfolio). 1994. Portfolio of 21 lithographs on felt, with 17 lithographed felt text panels, overall: 6′ × 13′ 6″ (182.9 × 411.5 cm). Purchased with funds given by Agnes Gund, Howard B. Johnson, and Emily Fisher Landau. © 2017 Lorna Simpson. Photo: John Wronn

Open Ends, the final cycle of the MoMA2000 exhibitions, explores the period from 1960 to the present, an era that has seen unprecedented cross-pollination among traditional and new artistic mediums and the questioning of conventional boundaries. Open Ends presents an especially varied range of objects, images, and room-sized installations, allowing extra space for the larger scale of many contemporary works. Open Ends includes several distinct exhibitions examining key themes and lines of affinity that have defined the art and the era.



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