Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection

Museum of Modern Art

March 18, 2015 – March 31, 2016

Installation view of Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Works from the Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, 2015.
Photo by Thomas Griesel. © The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Installation view of Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Works from the Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, 2015.
Photo by Thomas Griesel. © The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Installation view of Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Works from the Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, 2015.
Photo by Thomas Griesel. © The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Installation view of Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Works from the Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, 2015.
Photo by Thomas Griesel. © The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Memorial (2009 )
Pigment prints in 179 parts
11.75h x 9.5w in (29.8h x 24.1w cm)

Press Release

Luis Camnitzer included in Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The exhibition is a reinstallation of MoMA’s Contemporary Galleries. This cross-medium selection of works, created in the past three decades by more than 30 international artists, represents a wide range of approaches to the political, social, and cultural flux that have shaped the current global landscape. Some of these artists use the lens of history—reflecting on past events or centuries-old artistic traditions—as a means of assessing current conditions. In Scene for a New Heritage, the project that lends the exhibition its title, Croatian artist David Maljković uses an abandoned socialist monument to imagine an alternate future, one informed by events of the past but never realized. Other artists fight to stave off collective amnesia through projects of commemoration; trace the crosscurrents of trade; follow patterns of migration to swelling urban centers; or explore channels for capturing, circulating, and distributing images in today’s highly digitized society—from mobile phones to online platforms. Made under a diverse range of geographic, political, social, and aesthetic circumstances, the works in the exhibition propose one perspective on the Museum’s collection; seen alongside one another, they allow for a reflection not only on their discrepancies, differences, and contradictions, but also on their shared concerns.