September 24, 2017–September 3, 2018

Seeking Stillness

A series of installations in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art leads visitors on a journey of introspection, focusing on themes such as spaces of contemplation; the artistic process as a form of meditation; and nature as a site for clearing the mind. Spanning three galleries, “Seeking Stillness” places together works by a broad range of modern and contemporary artists—including Edward Weston, Agnes Martin, Park Seo Bo, Martin Puryear, G. R. Santosh, Shellburne Thurber, and Zhan Wang. Highlights from the Museum’s historic holdings, including the Italian Mannerist masterpiece The Dead Christ with Angels (about 1524–27) by Rosso Fiorentino and Chinese paintings and scholar’s rocks, are dramatically displayed alongside the modern and contemporary works, offering surprise encounters.

  • Jeanne and Stokley Towles Gallery (Gallery 261)
  • Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Gallery (Gallery 262)
  • Ives Family Gallery (Gallery 263)


Presented with support from the Barbara Jane Anderson Fund, the Dr. Lawrence and Roberta Cohn Fund for Exhibitions, and Peter and Catherine Creighton.