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Shoulder to Shoulder: Depicting the Figure

08 December 2018 – 15 September 2019
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

Celebrating the museum’s 80th anniversary and the legacy of figurative sculpture in the permanent collection, Shoulder to Shoulder: Depicting the Figure surveys how artists have represented the body across cultural contexts and artistic movements.


Focusing on artworks produced in the 20th and 21st centuries, the exhibition places special attention on sculptures of human bodies displayed alongside works in other media.


Rather than concentrating on a particular trajectory in figurative representation, Shoulder to Shoulder is intentionally expansive, including Modernist experimentations with form, depictions of idealized bodies, and works that take up the figure as an expressive site of political consciousness.



Jacques Lipchitz, Draped Woman (Femme Drapée), 1919, Bronze, edition 4/7, collection of Gwendolyn Weiner on long-term loan to the Palm Springs Art Museum


Manuel Neri, Mujer Pegada, Series No. 3, 1985-88, Bronze, oil enamel, edition ¾


Shoulder to Shoulder presents cornerstone works in the Museum’s collection alongside lesser-seen gems and important recent acquisitions.

Featured artists include Brian Bress, Antony Gormley, Gronk, Duane Hansen, Tom Friedman, Jacques Lipchitz, Manuel Neri, Pablo Picasso, Cara Romero, Alison Saar, and June Wayne, among others.

The exhibition is organized in dialogue with the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden where numerous large-scale, figurative works are also on view.



This exhibition will be temporarily closed February 17, 2019 through April 27, 2019.

Shoulder to Shoulder is organized from the permanent collection of the Palm Springs Art Museum by David Evans Frantz, Associate Curator and is made possible with funding by 

Additional funding is provided by Carol & Jim Egan 

Exhibition Season Sponsors: David Kaplan & Glenn Ostergaard, Dorothy C. Meyerman, and the Herman & Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation.

Credits: Antony Gormley, Apart X, 2003, Mild steel blocks, Collection of the Palm Springs Art Museum, Gift of Donna and Cargill MacMillan, Jr., © Antony Gormley