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Charles Ray: Figure Ground presents the work of one of the most
important artists of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
For over five decades, Ray (born Chicago, 1953) has experimented with a
wide range of methods, including performance, photography, and sculpture,
the medium for which he is best recognized today. In the process, he has
utilized a variety of materials, expanded the fundamental terms of
sculptural language, and pioneered major advances in production, combining
the analog and the digital as well as human and robotic hands.
Additionally, Ray's work addresses in elliptical, often irreverent ways not
only art history, popular culture, and mass media but also identity,
mortality, race, and gender.
This exhibition unites sculptures from every period of Ray's career with
key photographs from the 1970s and 1980s, exploring central aspects of his
challenging and sometimes provocative oeuvre. It also brings together for
the first time all the works that Ray loosely patterned on Mark Twain's
1885 novel Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn. Located at The Met, whose collection the
artist has studied closely for many years, Charles Ray: Figure Ground features a suite of judiciously placed works whose arrangement in space
forges subtle connections between objects and viewers. Similar to a
philosopher's stone, which keeps the process of interpretation in constant
motion, Ray's sculpture poses many trenchant questions but answers none
January 29, 2022–January 17, 2023
The Met Fifth Avenue
The traditional East Asian lunar calendar consists of a
repeating twelve-year cycle, with each year corresponding to one of the
twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac. The association of these creatures
with the Chinese calendar began in the third century B.C. and became firmly
established by the first century A.D. The twelve animals are, in sequence:
rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog,
and pig. Each is believed to embody certain traits that are manifested in
the personalities of people born in that year. February 1, 2022, marks the
beginning of the Year of the Tiger, a creature characterized as brave,
heroic, resolute, and vigorous.
Tigers have been closely associated with human life since ancient times.
Symbols of power and authority, they are often seen on the sacred ritual
vessels of the Shang (ca. 1600–1046 B.C.) and Zhou (1046–256 B.C.)
dynasties. During the late Zhou and Han (206 B.C.–A.D. 220) dynasties,
rulers delegated military command to officers using tiger-shaped bronze
tallies. Depictions of tigers permeate almost all aspects of Chinese
culture. For example, the tiger symbolizes the western quadrant of the four
cardinal directions. It is regarded as the king of all wild animals and
used on military banners to illustrate bravery and swiftness. In Chinese
folklore, the tiger is a protective deity able to dispel harmful spirits.
Jacques Louis David: Radical Draftsman will be the first exhibition devoted to
works on paper by the celebrated French artist who navigated vast artistic
and political divides throughout his life—from his birth in Paris in 1748
to his death in exile in Brussels in 1825. His iconic works captured the
aspirations and suffering of a nation, while addressing timeless themes
that continue to resonate today.
Through the lens of his preparatory studies, the exhibition looks beyond
his public successes to chart the moments of inspiration and the progress
of ideas. Visitors will follow the artist's process as he gave form to the
neoclassical style and created major canvases that shaped the public's
perceptions of historical events in the years before, during, and after the
Organized chronologically, the exhibition will feature more than eighty
drawings and oil sketches—including rarely loaned or newly discovered
works—drawn from the collections of The Met and dozens of institutional and
For the health and
safety of our staff and visitors, dining locations are closed, and
capacity is limited.
In accordance with
the New York City mandate, all visitors aged 5 and older must show proof of vaccination status. All
visitors aged 12 and older must show proof that they have
received two doses of an accepted two-dose series vaccine,
or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. All
visitors aged 18 and older must also show a valid personal ID. All
visitors aged 5–11 must show proof that they have received at
least one dose of an accepted vaccine. Beginning January 29,
all visitors aged 5–11 must show proof of full vaccination. Face
coverings are required for all visitors aged 2 and older, even if they
Face coverings are required for all visitors aged 2 and older, even if
they are vaccinated.