Mixtape - Live in Your Head

Track 7

How do artists think about sculpture when it may not be feasible, or even desirable, to execute three-dimensional objects in lasting materials? Scrims have been installed in this gallery to block light, making possible the presentation of a greater range of objects.

About Track 7: Live in Your Head

Live in Your Head is the title of a 1969 exhibition, curated by Harald Szeemann for the Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland. Better known by its subtitle, When Attitudes Become Form, this group show offered a landmark presentation of radical new developments in contemporary art.

These works address some of the ways that artists live in their heads: how they think about sculpture when it may not be feasible, or even desirable, to execute three-dimensional objects in lasting materials. Artists may choose to work in unconventional materials and formats for a variety of reasons. Centuries-old ways of making sculpture, such as carving in stone or casting in bronze, may have associations with traditions that an artist rejects for creative, intellectual, or political reasons. Additionally, such methods may be prohibitively expensive, and some artists—particularly artists of color and women artists—may historically have had difficulty gaining access to conventional means of studying and creating sculpture. Yet in one case after another, artists have found dynamic, resourceful, and potent ways of dealing with these challenges, rendering the field of sculpture one of the most expansive and vibrant areas of art today.

Audio Guides

Hear different perspectives on works in Track 7: Live in Your Head. 


Discover more about sculpture. Find bonus content like video tours, inspiration playlists, and insights from curators, educators, and living artists. 

Best of Live in Your Head

Bringing together the greatest hits of Track 7: Live in Your Head artists and art themes.

Video: Art and Health Series: Brancusi in Montparnasse Cemetery
Video: Build Your Own Tour: Dorothy Dehner
Video: Resist/Release Exhibition Recap

Deep Dive

Top recommendations to dig deeper into your favorite artworks and art trends.

Shelf Life: Xxavier Edward Carter
Video: Art and Health Series: Mindful Observation with Constantin Brancusi
Article: A Tradition of Revolution

Educator Picks

Suggested resources for families, educators, and the young at heart.

Video: Build Your Own Tour, Madeleine I by Matisse
Teacher Resource: Ana Mendieta
Video: Shadow Search Art Activity with Artist Kalee Appleton
Video: Nature Slab Sculpture Inspired by Ana Mendieta, with Artist Analise Minarez

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