Jasper Johns: “Mind/Mirror” Joint Exhibition

Flag, 1954–55, by Jasper Johns (American, born 1930) (The Museum of Modern Art, New York: Gift of Philip Johnson in honor of Alfred H. Barr, Jr., 106.1973) © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From September 29 through February 13, 2022, patrons and art lovers will have the opportunity to see, in-person, a 65-year survey of the artist Jasper Johns’ works of contemporary art at both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

In theory, a visitor could begin the retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and then hop on a train to New York City to view the continued exhibition at the Whitney Museum. This is the largest retrospective ever staged of Johns’ seven-decade-long career. From lesser known works to highly-recognizable pieces of art, both exhibitions will feature a diverse array of Johns’ sculptures, drawings, and prints. Nearly 500 works of art will be displayed across the two museums. 

The idea for a museum collaboration and joint retrospective was inspired by Johns’ own use of mirroring and doubles. Each half of the exhibition will act as a reflection of the other, inviting viewers to look closely to discover the themes, methods, and coded visual language that echo across the two venues. A visit to either museum will provide a vivid chronological survey; a visit to both will offer an innovative and immersive exploration of the many phases, masterworks, and mysteries of Johns’ still-evolving life and career. 

The organizing curators are Carlos Basualdo, Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Scott Rothkopf, Senior Deputy Director and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, with Sarah B. Vogelman, exhibition assistant, in Philadelphia, and Lauren Young, curatorial assistant, in New York.

For more information, visit https://whitney.org/exhibitions/jasper-johns and https://philamuseum.org/calendar/exhibition/jasper-johns-mindmirror.