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In a Different Light


The works in this section share a brittle but hopeful beauty. With tenderness and sensuality they present bold and dreamy imaginings of an ideal world. For some, such utopian musings are fantasies that, however impossible to achieve, help to keep hope alive. For others, the contemplation of an ideal, harmonious world reflects a renewed spirituality—a renewal based, at least in part, on the need to find sources of strength in the face of the ravages of AIDS.

Joseph Cornell
The Sand Fountain, n.d.
Wooden box with blue sand, glass
11-1/2 x 7 x 4-1/2 in.
Purchased by Museum with the aid of funds from the National Endowment for the Arts

Hunter Reynolds
Bed of Flowers, 1992
Photo Weaving, bed
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist