Knots in fiber, marks in pigment, over and over. For millennia, artists have embraced repetition to emulate tradition, and also to spark change. Some works repeat as a means to question the past or give history new urgency. Others may warn about dehumanizing volumes of mass production or the infinity of information overload. Many use repeating imagery to highlight the uniqueness of perception, memory, and identity, but also our human capacity to create. Whether with prints or mirrors or bottle caps, these works highlight the power of repetition to invoke—and to invent.
The Lubin 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.