Bigger. Smaller. More colorful or less. Distorted, turned upside down and put in unexpected places. What happens when you alter the familiar? We carry around ideas and expectations about the everyday, and the art in this gallery questions them. Kara Walker uses the traditions of 18th century silhouettes to address racial and gender stereotypes in her unsettling mural, The Rich Soil Down There. Propped against an adjacent wall, Rachel Whiteread’s Double - Doors II (A + B) may look like doors but are actually made from plaster casts of the negative space created by doors.
The Cogan and Cornille Gallery is one of eight contemporary galleries that opened in 2011 as part of the dynamic Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. These galleries present innovative approaches to the exhibition of contemporary art within the context of the Museum’s encyclopedic collections, offering new perspectives and encouraging connections between art of the present and past.