Object Lessons

Object Lesson: Forever mural by Odili Donald Odita

Commissioned in honor of NOMA’s centennial, Forever is a large-scale wall painting by the Philadelphia-based, Nigerian-born artist Odili Donald Odita. Extending 150 feet, the mural contains 87 colors, calibrated to respond to the physical space and changing light of the McDermott Lobby. The title conveys the impressions of dynamism, musicality, and continuity Odita gathered from… Read More

Object Lesson: America by Will Ryman

Will Ryman’s large-scale sculpture America is a reflection on the industries and economies that built the United States over the past few centuries. America is made of many materials, each of which have been carefully selected and arranged by Ryman to reflect the legacy of capitalism in this nation. Read More

Object Lesson: Breath by Lee Krasner

“I never violate my inner rhythm. I loathe to force anything… I listen to it and I stay with it. I have always been this way. I have regards for the inner voice.” –Lee Krasner Krasner’s paintings explore the role of the body in art, treating painting as a form of self- exploration. In Breath,… Read More

Object Lesson: French Porcelain Soup Tureen

Porcelain imported from China was one of the most prized commodities in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe. Europeans had not yet figured out the secret formula to produce a pure white ceramic that was stretched so thin it became translucent to light. The earthenware and stoneware clays used in Europe could not compete with Chinese porcelain’s… Read More

Object Lesson: Wing by Lynda Benglis

Lynda Benglis’s art is simultaneously subtle and imposing, subdued and sensual, earthy and surreal. In the 1960s, the Louisiana native shocked the New York art world with her electric-hued sculptures and provocative video and performance work, whose vibrant colors and free-form compositions ran counter to the more austere aesthetic of much art of the time…. Read More