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The Double: Identity and Difference in Art since 1900

Upcoming Exhibition

May 15 – September 5, 2022
East Building, Concourse Galleries

When two forms or images are presented together, our eyes can’t help but compare them. We “see double” and identify differences and similarities. The art of the double causes us to see ourselves seeing. The Double is the first major exhibition to consider how and why modern and contemporary artists have employed doubled formats to explore perceptual, conceptual, and psychological themes. From Matisse, Duchamp, and Gorky to Rauschenberg, Johns, Warhol, Truitt, and Hesse, this multimedia presentation features works by many of today’s leading artists, including Kerry James Marshall, Glenn Ligon, Roni Horn, and Yinka Shonibare. Through art, The Double explores enduring questions of identity and difference, especially self-identity as defined by our own unconscious, by society, and by race, gender, and sexuality.

Selected Works

Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

The exhibition is curated by James Meyer, curator of modern art, National Gallery of Art

Admission is always free and passes are not required

Banner detail: Alighiero Boetti, Gemelli (Zwei), 1974–1975, photograph on paper, Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome