Featuring works drawn from the MCA Collection, Without You I’m Nothing charts the growth of this phenomenon over the past fifty years, where artists have increasingly involved the physical presence of their audience in the conception, production, and presentation of their work.
Beginning in the 1960s, Minimalist artists such as Carl Andre and Richard Serra used industrial materials
to create sculptures that moved the object off the pedestal to the “real” space of the viewer, producing a
new way of experiencing a work of art. The engagement of the viewer was extended in the 1970s in the
work of Dennis Oppenheim, whose figurative sculptures were often triggered to move based on the
movements of the audience, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, whose mirrored works combine figurative
renderings with the viewer’s reflected image.