1960s Hard Edge and Op Art: Tribute to The Responsive Eye

1960s Hard Edge and Op Art

Tribute to The Responsive Eye

October 29, 2024 – April 12, 2025

MMofA is up to something big! Mobile Museum of Art celebrates 60 years of creativity at our 60th anniversary in October. To celebrate, MMofA will host a blockbuster exhibition of paintings and sculpture in tribute to a cutting-edge exhibition called The Responsive Eye. Shortly after the date when MMofA first opened its doors, this exhibition created a sensation as visitors flocked to the Museum of Modern Art (New York City) in early 1965 and media outlets buzzed about the phenomenon.

See for yourself what made these eye-dazzling artworks compelling, confounding, and sensational 60 years ago, and how they continue to dazzle our perception and literally move us even today. We are proud to be hosting masterworks on loan from major collections across the country by such art-world luminaries as Frank Stella, Josef Albers, Julian Stanczak, Victor Vasarely, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and many more.

These stunning compositions, some of which take up entire walls in our largest gallery, were intended to be seen in person as they activate our eyes and senses in their size and optical effects. We hope you join us in celebrating and responding to a turning point in the history of Mobile and in the history of art.

Support for this exhibition is provided by:

The Crampton Trust
A.S. Mitchell Foundation
City of Mobile
Alabama State Council on the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts