Thursday, 02 January 2020 14:01

Tang Museum Announces New Show for 2020 featuring Mary Weatherford

Mary Weatherford, “Any Cat Stevens Song,” 1996 vinyl, silkscreen on jute 55 x 66 inches. Photography: Fredrik Nilsen Studio. Mary Weatherford, “Any Cat Stevens Song,” 1996 vinyl, silkscreen on jute 55 x 66 inches. Photography: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College presents Mary Weatherford: Canyon–Daisy–Eden, from Feb. 1 through July 12, 2020. The survey of the acclaimed artist’s career draws from several distinct bodies of work made between 1989 and 2017. 

Over the last three decades, Mary Weatherford has developed a rich and diverse painting practice, from her early 1990s target paintings based on operatic heroines, to the expansive, gestural canvases overlaid with neon glass-tubing that brought attention to Weatherford’s practice in the 2010s. As constant experiments with color, scale, and materials, the works in the exhibition reveal the continuity of Weatherford’s preoccupation with memory and experience, both personal and historical.

The exhibition continues the Tang’s tradition of showcasing career-spanning surveys of important women artists. Recent exhibitions have introduced to new generations and audiences the work by influential artists such as Ree Morton, Dona Nelson, Alma Thomas, Corita Kent, and Nancy Grossman.

 A career-spanning catalogue will be published in conjunction with the exhibition and will include an introductory essay by co-curator Bill Arning, an interview with the artist by co-curator Ian Berry, and writings by Elissa Auther, Nick Debs, Arnold Kemp, Rebecca Morris, Michael St. John, Margaret Weatherford, and others.

Mary Weatherford: Canyon–Daisy–Eden is presented by the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. The exhibition is organized by guest curator Bill Arning and Tang Teaching Museum Dayton Director Ian Berry in collaboration with the artist. The exhibition will travel to SITE Sante Fe in New Mexico and be on view from Oct. 16, 2020, through Feb. 8, 2021. The Tang Teaching Museum: Admission to the museum is free (donation suggested). Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, go to: tang.skidmore.edu.

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