If we could imagine

March 2009—January 2011

If we could imagine featured painting, sculpture, and photography from the 1960s through the 1980s by American and European artists. Sharing an interest in unconventional materials, irreverence for traditional artistic boundaries, and curiosity about viewer perception, these artists at times aligned their work with disparate ideas and movements such as Process Art, Arte Povera, and Conceptual Art. The exhibition borrows its title from Mel Bochner’s 1969 painting Imagine the Enclosed Area Blue (1-4), reflecting the sense of wonderment that viewers experienced in confronting radical art of this period.

Exhibition Preview

    • Measurement: 12″ (Between The Space of Statements)
      Mel Bochner
      Measurement: 12″ (Between The Space of Statements), 2009
      Bochner2009
    • 32 x 33 x 35 = 34 x 33 x 35
      Charles Ray
      32 x 33 x 35 = 34 x 33 x 35, 1989
      Ray1989
    • How Ya Like Me Now?
      David Hammons
      How Ya Like Me Now?, 1988
      On ViewHammons1988
    • Untitled
      David Hammons
      Untitled, 1987
      Hammons1987
    • BLOODY LIFE No. 12
      Gilbert & George
      BLOODY LIFE No. 12, 1975
      George1975
    • Diamond Mind (Diamond Mind Circle of Tears Fallen All Around Me)
      Bruce Nauman
      Diamond Mind (Diamond Mind Circle of Tears Fallen All Around Me), 1975
      Nauman1975
    • Untitled (Early Egyptian)
      Robert Rauschenberg
      Untitled (Early Egyptian), 1973
      Rauschenberg1973
    • G and G
      Gilbert & George
      G and G, 1973
      George1973
    • Big Comet Sea Sky Sea 3˚ – 60˚
      Jan Dibbets
      Big Comet Sea Sky Sea 3˚ – 60˚, 1973
      Dibbets1973
    • All My Clothes
      Charles Ray
      All My Clothes, 1973
      Ray1973
    • Senza titolo (Una somma reale è una somma di gente) </i> (Untitled [A Real Sum Is a Sum of People])
      Mario Merz
      Senza titolo (Una somma reale è una somma di gente) (Untitled [A Real Sum Is a Sum of People]), 1972
      Merz1972
    • Lake Placid/Glori-Fried/Yarns from New England
      Robert Rauschenberg
      Lake Placid/Glori-Fried/Yarns from New England, 1971
      Rauschenberg1971
    • Untitled
      Charles Ray
      Untitled, 1971
      Ray1971
    • The Longest Day of 1970 from noon to sundown, Aktionsraum I, München
      Jan Dibbets
      The Longest Day of 1970 from noon to sundown, Aktionsraum I, München, 1970
      Dibbets1970
    • Without other troubles than my own other rumblings than mine
      Pier Paolo Calzolari
      Without other troubles than my own other rumblings than mine, 1970
      Calzolari1970
    • Perspective Correction- My Studio II, 3: Square with Cross on Floor
      Jan Dibbets
      Perspective Correction- My Studio II, 3: Square with Cross on Floor, 1969
      Dibbets1969
    • Recopy (If we could imagine…)
      Mel Bochner
      Recopy (If we could imagine…), 1969
      Bochner1969
    • Imagine the Enclosed Area Blue (1-4)
      Mel Bochner
      Imagine the Enclosed Area Blue (1-4), 1969
      Bochner1969
    • Erdtelephon </i>(Earth Telephone)
      Joseph Beuys
      Erdtelephon (Earth Telephone), 1968
      Beuys1968
    • Untitled
      Fred Sandback
      Untitled, 1968/1983
      Sandback1968
    • Actual Size (Face) / Actual Size (Hand)
      Mel Bochner
      Actual Size (Face) / Actual Size (Hand), 1968
      Bochner1968
    • White Neon Belt Piece
      Richard Serra
      White Neon Belt Piece, 1967
      On ViewSerra1967
    • Alogon III
      Robert Smithson
      Alogon III, 1967
      Smithson1967
    • Canvas Dark Blue
      Richard Tuttle
      Canvas Dark Blue, 1967
      Tuttle1967
    • Untitled
      Robert Morris
      Untitled, 1967
      Morris1967
    • Untitled
      Blinky Palermo
      Untitled, 1967
      Palermo1967
    • My Last Name Exaggerated Fourteen Times Vertically
      Bruce Nauman
      My Last Name Exaggerated Fourteen Times Vertically, 1967
      On Loan
      Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts
      MoMA PS1, New York, NY
      Nauman1967
    • Several
      Eva Hesse
      Several, 1965
      On ViewHesse1965
    • Show Window
      Christo
      Show Window, 1965
      Christo1965
    • Concetto spaziale, Attesa </i> (Spatial Concept, Expectation)
      Lucio Fontana
      Concetto spaziale, Attesa (Spatial Concept, Expectation), 1965
      Fontana1965
    • Untitled
      Bruce Nauman
      Untitled, 1965
      On Loan
      Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts
      MoMA PS1, New York, NY
      Nauman1965
    • Grande Bianco Plastica </i> (Large White Plastic)
      Alberto Burri
      Grande Bianco Plastica (Large White Plastic), 1964
      Burri1964
    • Nunca Pasa Nada </i> (Nothing Ever Happens)
      Frank Stella
      Nunca Pasa Nada (Nothing Ever Happens), 1964
      Stella1964
    • Bewegtes Feld </i> (Animated Field)
      Günther Uecker
      Bewegtes Feld (Animated Field), 1963
      Uecker1963
    • Empaquetage </i> (Package)
      Christo
      Empaquetage (Package), 1961
      Christo1961
    • R61-5, Jalouzieënreliëf </i> (Fanlight-shutters)
      Jan Schoonhoven
      R61-5, Jalouzieënreliëf (Fanlight-shutters), 1961
      Schoonhoven1961
    • No Baby
      Bruce Conner
      No Baby, 1960
      Conner1960
    • Achrome
      Piero Manzoni
      Achrome, 1960
      Manzoni1960
    • C-E-L-I-N-E, Backwards
      Claes Oldenburg
      C-E-L-I-N-E, Backwards, 1959
      Oldenburg1959