Magnetic Fields Audio Guide

Listen to the Magnetic Fields audio guide to learn more about the exhibition and selected works.

Enrich your experience of Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today by hearing from the artists themselves.

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Curator’s Introduction

NMWA associate curator Ginny Treanor introduces the exhibition.
Mildred Thompson, Magnetic Fields, 1991; Oil on canvas



Candida Alvarez

black cherry pit, 2009; Acrylic on canvas
Born 1955 in Brooklyn, New York; lives in Chicago



Candida Alvarez

best friends forever, 2009; Flashe on canvas
Born 1955 in Brooklyn, New York; lives in Chicago



Lilian Thomas Burwell

Winged Autumn, 2007; Oil on canvas over wood and Plexiglas
Born in Washington, D.C.; lives in Highland, Maryland



Nanette Carter

Cantilevered #14, from the series “Cantilevered,” 2014; Oil on Mylar
Born in Columbus, Ohio; lives in New York, New York



Nanette Carter

Illumination #1, from the series “Illumination,” 1985; Oil pastel on red museum board
Born in Columbus, Ohio; lives in New York, New York


Deborah Dancy

Winter Into Spring 4, and Winter into Spring 2, 2015; Charcoal, gesso, and acrylic on paper
Born in Bessemer, Alabama; lives in Storrs, Connecticut


Maren Hassinger

Wrenching News, 2008; Shredded, twisted, and wrapped New York Times newspapers
Born in Los Angeles; lives in New York, New York


Evangeline “EJ” Montgomery

Sunset, 1997, and Sea Grass, 1998; Offset lithographs
Born in New York, New York; lives in Washington, D.C.



Mary Lovelace O’Neal

Racism is Like Rain, Either it’s Raining or it’s Gathering Somewhere, 1993; Acrylic on canvas
Born in Jackson, Mississippi; lives in Oakland, California


Mary Lovelace O’Neal

“Little Brown Girl with your Hair in a Curl”/Daddy #5, 1973, and “...And a Twinkle in Your Eye”/Daddy #6, 1973; Charcoal and pastel on paper
Born in Jackson, Mississippi; lives in Oakland, California


Howardena Pindell

Autobiography: Japan (Shisen-dō, Kyoto), 1982; Mixed media on canvas
Born in Philadelphia; lives in New York, New York



Howardena Pindell

Untitled, 1972–73; Acrylic on canvas
Born in Philadelphia; lives in New York



Shinique Smith

Bale Variant No. 0017, 2009; Clothing, fabric, ink, twine, ribbon, and wood; and Whirlwind Dancer, 2014–17; Collage on canvas over wood panel
Born in Baltimore; lives in New York


Sylvia Snowden

June 12, 1992; Acrylic on canvas
Born in Raleigh, NC; lives in Washington, D.C.



 

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