Feb 12th 2022

Based on a True Story features works drawn from the MCA Collection that play with the overlap between reality and fiction. The artists in this exhibition use fiction in a variety of ways, from staging scenes, to manufacturing identities, to imaginging alternative realities, using deception to comment on real issues, contexts, histories, and identities. With works by Rashid Johnson, James Luna, Claes Oldenburg, Walid Raad, Michael Rakowitz, Wendy Red Star, Lorna Simpson, Salman Toor, among others, Based on a True Story invites viewers to question the truth of images and their influence on understandings of everyday life.

The exhibition is curated by Bana Kattan, Pamela Alper Associate Curator, with Iris Colburn, Curatorial Assistant. It is presented in the Bergman Family Gallery on the museum’s second floor.


Mariko Mori. Birth of a Star, 1995. 3D Duratrans, acrylic, light box, and audio CD

Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Gift of The Peter Norton Family Foundation,


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