Featured Themes MMoCA Collects

Introduction

Ursula von RydingsvardKrasavica, cedar and graphite, 1992-93.

A theme is a recurring subject or concern. In the arts, themes reveal a society's attitudes and values and help define tradition. Some themes, such as nature, are universal. Other themes, like the Western portrait, which investigates the psychology of the individual, are linked to a specific culture. In general, modern and contemporary art are distinguished by four themes.

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Nature
Portrait
Social Commentary
The Commonplace