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.”
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.
People have used depictions of the human form or parts of it, from the hand stencils found in cave paintings to the selfies of today, to tell stories, to communicate, and/or share a narrative. Likewise, many artists working in glass have used the human form to share their individual story telling.