There is a concurrently running, but unrelated, show at the Museum of Modern Art that is also titled The Long Run [Nov 11, 2017-Nov 4, 2018]. It takes up some of the concerns O’Connor expresses in Long Run, and through his dense decades of work.
Innovation in art is often characterized as a singular event—a bolt of lightning that strikes once and forever changes what follows. The Long Run provides an alternate view: by chronicling the continued experimentation of artists long after their breakthrough moments, it suggests that invention results from sustained critical thinking, persistent observation, and countless hours in the studio.
Artists include Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Melvin Edwards, Gego, Philip Guston, David Hammons, Joan Jonas, Ellsworth Kelly, Helen Levitt, Joan Mitchell, Elizabeth Murray, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Stella, and others.