Modern America can be understood through the rich visual cultures that emerged from two co-existing perspectives. In the 1950s and 1960s many Americans yearned for a simpler time and looked to the ideals and traditions of the American West, following the hardships of World War II. At the same time others gazed toward a future buoyed by technology and economic growth.
Jeffrey Gibson, born in 1972 in Colorado, is a featured artist in the inaugural presentation of Desert X, the international art biennial in the Coachella Valley. He is repurposing a decommissioned turbine blade from a windmill that will be installed to rise out of the museum’s lower-level sculpture garden. The blade will be 52 feet tall and painted to contain the phrases “We are living!” “I am alive,” “You are alive,” and “They are alive.”
Women have played an integral part in the American studio glass movement from the beginning and in today’s global world of communication and collaboration, women continue to excel. This exhibition, Part 1 of a series, begins to portray the multiplicity of working styles and concepts that women working in the fluid medium of glass, share with the rest of us.
Striking portraits and nude studies of leading international athletes form the basis of Champions, an eighty-print photography project created by the British artists Anderson & Low to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
This installation features 13 images by photographers connected to the Photo Secession at the start of the 20th century, including Paul Strand.
In Conversation: Alma Allen and J.B. Blunk stages an encounter between two people who never met but whose work shares a deep affinity. The work of Alma Allen and J.B. Blunk blurs the line between design and sculpture, with both men creating evocative organic work from natural materials.