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In the Tower: Barbara Kruger
September 30, 2016 – January 22, 2017
East Building, Tower - Gallery 501

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Know nothing, Believe anything, Forget everything), 1987/2014, digital print on vinyl, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of the Collectors Committee, Sharon and John D. Rockefeller IV, Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, Denise and Andrew Saul, Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund, Agnes Gund, and Michelle Smith.

A focused exhibition featuring the work of American artist Barbara Kruger (b. 1945) reopens the East Building Tower Gallery after nearly three years of renovation to the space. Inspired by the Gallery's recent acquisition of Kruger's Untitled (Know nothing, Believe anything, Forget everything) (1987/2014), the exhibition comprises related images of faces and figures in profile over which Kruger has superimposed her striking phrases and figures of speech. The distinctive direct address of Kruger's texts (using active verbs and personal pronouns) confronts viewers straight on, contrasting with her selected images of side-glancing figures, receiving and averting the audience’s gaze. The results are arresting conceptual works of visual power and wit.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Sponsors: The exhibition is made possible by The Tower Project of the National Gallery of Art.

Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required

Related Programs

Film Program
Barbara Kruger Selects

Gallery TalksIn the Tower: Barbara Kruger

LecturesIntroduction to the Exhibition — In the Tower: Barbara Kruger

Teacher WorkshopBarbara Kruger: Images, Text, and Social Critique

More on the Artist

Audio and Video

Introduction to the Exhibition In the Tower: Barbara Kruger
Audio, Released: November 1, 2016, (49:39 minutes)
Barbara Kruger: in her own words
Video, Released: September 27, 2016, (6:15 minutes)