Abstraction, Color, and Politics in the Early 1970s explores large-scale works of art by Helen Frankenthaler, Louise Nevelson, Sam Gilliam, and Al Loving, within the context of highly-charged debates of the early 1970s about aesthetics, politics, race, and feminism. This exhibition explores the gendered and racialized terms upon which great art was defined and assessed, and the strategy of artists to question the identity and aesthetics of the artist making the art. UMMA docents will help visitors look through the lens of the four artists’ works to explore the aesthetic choices inherent in abstraction as well as the acts of staining, pouring, draping, —or even taking apart the wall itself—within this charged political context.
- CommonsApril 22, 2017 through spring 2019exhibition
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery IISeptember 22, 2018 – September 29, 2019exhibition
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I / The ConnectorDecember 15, 2018 – April 7, 2019exhibition