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Enter the Mirror

Sep 10, 2022 - Jul 23, 2023

About the Exhibition

Enter the Mirror calls us to acknowledge truths that are difficult or unpleasant to see. In artworks spanning the late 1970s to the mid–2010s, artists grapple with violence, trauma, corruption, historical distortion, and the abuse of power, bearing witness to the unmistakable ways that these forces have shaped our contemporary world. In a moment when the willful refusal to confront facts and history is dangerously common, Enter the Mirror asks us to do the opposite: to “enter the mirror” and see our complicity in the world around us reflected in the powerful work of 20 artists. Drawn primarily from the MCA Collection and including photography, painting, sculpture, video, and installation, many of the works presented in Enter the Mirror will be on view for the first time since the museum acquired them or for the first time in many years. 

The exhibition is organized by Jamillah James, Manilow Senior Curator, with Jack Schneider, Curatorial Associate.

Installation Views



[1] On view September 10–December 11, 2022

[2] On view December 14, 2022–April 2, 2023

[3] On view April 4–July 23, 2023


Lead support is provided by the Pritzker Traubert Collection Exhibition Fund, the Harris Family Foundation in memory of Bette and Neison Harris, Zell Family Foundation, and Cari and Michael Sacks.

Major support is provided by Joyce Yaung and Matt Bayer, Julie and Larry Bernstein, Anne Kaplan, and Karyn and Bill Silverstein.