National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
Modern Lab: Material Interventions
February 11, 2012–September 30, 2012

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery. Please follow the links below for related online resources or visit our current exhibitions schedule.

The Modern Lab is a small gallery dedicated to focused installations of modern and contemporary works in a variety of media from the Gallery's collection.

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Modern and Contemporary Sculpture

Image: Howardena Pindell
American, born 1943 Untitled, #20

Appealingly tactile and visually provocative, the works in this installation engage the senses through their distinctive materiality. Created with wax, dirt, thread, and other unconventional items, they emphasize the power of materials to inform content and convey meaning. Blurring traditional boundaries between media—by combining painting with sculpture, sewing with printmaking, or sculpture with photography—the artists whose work is presented establish new, hybrid forms of art. With their innovative and at times surprising use of materials, these artists intervene in our normal viewing habits focusing our attention on how we experience art.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art.

Schedule: National Gallery of Art, February 11–September 30, 2012