For a Dreamer of Houses

For a Dreamer of Houses

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

For a Dreamer of Houses, an imaginative and immersive exhibition, explores the significance of the spaces we inhabit and how they represent ourselves, our values, and our desires. Discover over fifty works from the DMA’s collection in a variety of media that demonstrate the evocative power of domestic objects and structures. The featured artists use forms derived from dwellings or furnishings to investigate ideas including belonging, alienation, fantasy, gender, and the body.

The exhibition takes inspiration from philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s influential 1958 book The Poetics of Space, and its organization corresponds to five chapters that consider the psychological importance of homes. Major recent acquisitions—including works by Alex Da Corte, Olivia Erlanger, EJ Hill, Francisco Moreno, Pipilotti Rist, and Do Ho Suh—are highlighted in each section.

VIRTUAL TOUR

MORE TO EXPLORE

  • Learn

    Learn

    Go behind-the-scenes of this exhibition from the perspective of the “Dream Team” of DMA preparators, registrars, conservators, and curatorial staff.

  • Watch

    Watch

    See artist Alex Da Corte film and discuss the personal narrative of the 57 videos featured in his immersive neon house installation Rubber Pencil Devil.

  • Create

    Create

    Create and decorate your own mini house (or make a whole neighborhood!) with just a paper bag and something to mark with.

  • Hear

    Hear

    Hear about the concept and threads of inspiration behind Francisco Moreno’s Chapel.

  • Make

    Make

    Create floral suncatchers for your windows with this easy at-home art-making activity.

  • Watch

    Watch

    Diamond Mahone, co-founder of The Clad Life as she interviews curator Dr. Anna Katherine Brodbeck about the exhibition.

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Engaging and enlightening

– The New York Times