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Culture Watch: NMWA highlights selected exhibitions by women artists around the country and internationally.
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JUN 27–SEP 27 2015
Marcia Hafif emerged in the 1970s as a key figure among artists searching for ways of painting beyond abstraction. She directed her work to a study of pigments and their material supports, which led to single-color paintings made in series and intended to be installed in such a way that each wall and each exhibition becomes a work of art in itself. This is the artist’s first one-person museum exhibition in her home state for 40 years.
JUN 06–OCT 12 2015
Katja Loher is regarded as a leader among the next generation of video artists, exploring and questioning the consequences of living in a globalized world. Through her wall-mounted video portals and hand-blown glass bubbles, the viewer enters a parallel universe in which Loher displays costumed dancers in choreographed routines filmed by the artist herself. The glass video sculptures promote discussion, particularly regarding Loher’s environmental themes.
MAY 07–SEP 13 2015
Since 2012, Shana Lutker has been researching the Surrealist movement. Among the most important European avant-garde groups of the 20th century, the Surrealists were also prone to physical, public fights incited by intellectual arguments and personal slights. Growing out of the artist’s previous work focused on psychoanalysis, this ongoing project presents a subjective meditation on these strange episodes of art history and Lutker’s research into them.
APR 24–SEP 27 2015
Los Angeles–based sculptor Liz Larner has been committed to exploring both the physical qualities and suggestive power of an object, engaging her viewers intellectually as well as emotionally. Her ever-evolving language of abstract forms—made from diverse, often organic materials and typically comprised of contours rather than solid planes—is substantial, refined, and experimental in equal measure. Larner’s project for the Art Institute of Chicago’s Bluhm Family Terrace brings together two recent stainless steel sculptures.
MAY 30–SEP 13 2015
The exhibition features Liza Lou’s shimmering 150-square-foot golden field. To make the work, nine million beads in varying shades of gold were threaded onto cut wire to make one million blades of grass. Lou systematically counted, weighed, blended, and divided the blades into equal wheat-like sheaves. This work of art will be presented along with Lou’s newest series of work—large wall-hanging color fields of glass beads that resemble open skies and sunsets. The painterly freedom of the installation evokes the seasonal regeneration of landscape and the abundance of harvest.
JUN 10–SEP 07 2015
The first museum survey of sculptor Arlene Shechet, this major exhibition features over 150 objects that trace the development of her innovative practice over the past 20 years. For her entire career, Shechet has embraced an experimental approach to sculpture, finding form in the chance processes that occur as mutable materials—such as plaster, ceramic, paper pulp and glass—become solid. Her exhilarating, polymorphic sculptures test the limits of color and glaze, creating highly visceral surfaces and painterly effects.
MAY 01–NOV 01 2015
Zanele Muholi meshes her work in photography, video, and installation with human rights activism to create visibility for the black lesbian and transgender communities of South Africa. This show is the most comprehensive museum presentation to date of Muholi’s works and features several of the artist’s ongoing projects about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) communities, both in her home country and abroad.
MAY 30–SEP 28 2015
This exhibition introduces the pioneering work of 12 leading women photographers who have tackled the very notion of representation with passion and power, questioning tradition and challenging perceptions of Middle Eastern identity. Their provocative work ranges from fine art to photojournalism and provides insights into political and social issues, including questions of personal identity and the complex political and social landscapes of their home regions in images of great sophistication, expressiveness, and beauty.
JUN 10–SEP 13 2015
Literature and poetry are constant sources of inspiration for New York-based artist Lesley Dill, who has degrees in English and philosophy. A painter, printmaker, sculptor, needlepointist, photographer, and performance artist, Dill frequently explores the relationship between the written word and human figure in nearly every medium and technique imaginable. Interweaving aspects of contemporary art and theater, this exhibition focuses on her emotionally evocative work in performance and brings together works from more than two decades.
APR 11–SEP 19 2015
This exhibition is culled from the museum’s permanent collection and offers a first time look at a series of dye transfer photographs created in 1983 by New York-based artist Audrey Flack. A pioneer of the Photorealism art movement, Flack created these works, often as studies for her large scale paintings, with almost microscopic detail while capturing the optical realism one would see if looking through a camera lens.
JUL 11–NOV 15 2015
These 40 prints by internationally-recognized printmaker Andrea Rich explore the worlds of both art and nature. Rich draws on print traditions as diverse as Albrecht Dürer and Japanese Ukiyo-e to produce work that is distinctly her own, carving from six to 20 blocks for one final image. The resulting works are strong, clear impressions of life in all its diversity.
AUG 22–NOV 08 2015
Throughout her career, Natasha Nicholson has intertwined her life with her art, transforming her home into an unconventional space where she constantly experiments with objects, form, and ideas. Like many artists, Nicholson is a consummate collector. She seeks out one-of-a-kind curiosities and artifacts, all of which provide insight into her inspirations, influences, and aesthetic and intellectual obsessions. Combining and juxtaposing her ever-evolving assemblage of objects, she establishes open-ended relationships among them—a visionary exercise that stands as both the act of creation and the creative outcome.
JUN 03–OCT 11 2015
Agnes Martin is perhaps most recognized for her evocative paintings marked out in subtle pencil lines and pale color washes. Although restrained, her style was underpinned by her deep conviction in the emotive and expressive power of art. This is the first retrospective of Martin’s work since 1994. Covering the full breadth of her practice, this extensive exhibition will reveal Martin’s early and little known experiments with different media and trace her development from biomorphic abstraction to the mesmerizing grid and striped canvases that became her hallmark.
MAY 30–AUG 23 2015
Some 100 works on paper dating from the 1960s onwards provide a comprehensive insight into Sturtevant’s radical artistic thinking. Her drawings show her far-reaching exploration of different possibilities of artistic expression and her constant interrogation of the mechanisms of the production and reception of art. Sturtevant is known above all for her appropriations of images and objects by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and Marcel Duchamp. Her graphic oeuvre, in particular, reveals how the artist goes far beyond mere copying; rather, she subjects the works of her colleagues to re-interpretation.