Summer to fall 2020
The second in a series of new explorations of the MOCA North Miami permanent collection, Our Beginnings Never Know Our Ends features artworks that explore ideas of selfhood and the negotiation of relationships. How can we form and maintain a stable sense of self amid personal, familial and social expectations and pressures?
This exhibition was in its final planning stages when the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United States. As everything drastically changed, some of the pieces in this exhibition gained new relevance–and meanings continue to shift. Many works, particularly those created by women and LGBTQIA+ artists, challenge and subvert existing hierarchies; others encourage us to think carefully about identity and its expression. Many works highlight the conflicting influences, histories and narratives that contribute to a sense of self and the difficulty of truly comprehending anyone else. Despite these challenges, we are required to fulfill particular roles in our families, communities and workplaces, now more than ever. The artists suggest how we might exist in the world, and many propose how we might fulfill a responsibility to others while maintaining optimism, kindness, resilience and good humor.