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Under the leadership of director Robert Fitzpatrick, the Museum of Contemporary Art is the region’s center for contemporary art and culture. The mission of the MCA is to be a place where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time. The museum interweaves exhibitions, performances, collections, and education programs to challenge and illuminate its visitors, and to provide insight into the creative process. The MCA aspires to engage a broad and diverse audience, and create a sense of community.
The Toshio Shibata exhibition presents a remarkable group of twenty-five large-scale black-and-white photographs by Japanese photographer Toshio Shibata. Known for his carefully composed, often abstract photographs of the Japanese landscape, Shibata focuses on man-made structures that seem at odds with nature in their attempt to control such forces as streams and landslides. Much like the monumental and artificial public works themselves, Shibata’s images impose a visual order on nature and demonstrate how humanity has made its mark on earth. This extraordinary series, commissioned by the MCA in 1997, is Shibata’s first depicting the American landscape.