Dell Marie Hamilton, the curator of “Nine Moments for Now,” said the exhibition is about answering the question “What does winning look like?” in the wake of #BlackLivesMatter and #TimesUp. “In all transformative movements, artists, thinkers and writers have been at the forefront of creating meaningful responses to social engagement, civic discourse, and political speech,” she says in the introduction to the exhibition program.
“Inventur,” which was also named “best modern show” by the Boston Globe, focused on modern art created at a time when Germans were forced to acknowledge and reckon with the atrocities of World War II and the Holocaust, the country’s defeat and occupation by the Allies, and the ideological ramifications of the fledgling Cold War. Lynette Roth, the exhibition curator, said about the public reception, “A lot of visitors told me that they came multiple times and that — even though they weren’t initially familiar with the artists, or didn’t even know the significant role that art played in the immediate postwar period in Germany — the artwork (and the exquisite eclecticism that defined it) resonated with them. You can’t ask for more than that as a curator.”