Last week, I walked through MICA’s The Narcissism of Minor Differences exhibit and was struck by not only its powerful images and overarching themes, but also its implicit message. Individually, pieces such as Philip Guston’s KKK portraits, Stephen Marc’s montages, and Jonathan Borofsky’s installation (juxtaposing photos of himself alongside archival images of Hitler) are effective. They provoke personal reflection on the nature of good and evil and the minor differences that come between us and lead to alienation, intolerance, and even oppression of others. Collectively, the pieces point towards something equally personal, but much larger—an examination of the roles we play as either silent accomplices or engaged beings. As a result, the show raises questions that, at this point in history, are worth asking ourselves, and others.
The Narcissism of Minor Differences is on view at MICA through Sunday.