How do artists mediate between the need for intimate experience and the ambition to engage with the enormity of the world? Surrounds presents 11 watershed installations by living artists from the past two decades, conceived out of different circumstances but united in the scale of their ambition. Each explores physical scale as well: many are large and imposing, at times even literally surrounding the viewer. Others group smaller works into sequences that stretch across space. Some suggest the passing of long stretches of time, and some focus our attention on the stuff of everyday life. All mark decisive shifts in the careers of their makers and are on view at MoMA for the first time.
Surrounds includes work by Allora & Calzadilla, Sadie Benning, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Sou Fujimoto, Sheila Hicks, Arthur Jafa, Mark Manders, Rivane Neuenschwander, Dayanita Singh, Hito Steyerl, and Sarah Sze.