Isolation is a state of being apart from others. In 2020, many of us have experienced significant isolation due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Being physically separated from others and cut off from our usual points of contact affects each of us differently. This disconnection can be profoundly lonely and uncomfortable. But it may also offer the space and time to reevaluate and reset our priorities.

Explore art about isolation by clicking on the images above and browsing the content below.

Explore collection stories—texts, videos, and creative responses from faculty, students, artists, scholars, and curators to works in the Tang collection.
Associate Professor of Asian Studies Benjamin Bogin’s class “SSP 009: In Light of Death” engaged with death-related collection artworks for a project titled “Death at the Tang.”
Tang Collective Catalogs are short written responses from a multiplicity of voices responding to objects in the Tang Teaching Museum collection.

Additional Resources

Pattern by Madeleine Welsch ’17
Inspired by the exhibition Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.