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One Another: Spiderlike, I Spin Mirrors

Friday, March 7–Sunday, June 1, 2014

Louise Bourgeois (American, born France, 1911–2010). Nature Study (Pink Eyes), 1984. Marble, steel, and wood, 20 x 45 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches (50.8 x 115.6 x 80 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, George B. and Jenny R. Mathews Fund, 1984. Art © Louise Bourgeois Trust/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


On View in the 1905 Albright Building

This exhibition, drawn primarily from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Collection, considers the creative impulses of some of the most influential female artists of our time. Taking its title from a photograph by Janine Antoni (Bahamian, born 1964) and the poem “Childless Woman” by Sylvia Plath (American, 1932–1963), it focuses on the reciprocal nature of relationships, both real and imagined, and the complexity of their cultivation, sustainability, and occasional destruction. Human relationships evolve within social contexts that play a critical role in defining their parameters and possibilities. The artists assembled in One Another are ever mindful of the social roles they inhabit as women and as artists, and their works provide moments for reflection upon our own relationships and humanity.

How does artistic production enable artists to better understand themselves and express their thoughts and feelings about relationships and identity? The artists featured in this exhibition offer insight on these questions through highly subjective artworks in a variety of media—drawing, sculpture, painting, photography, and performance. In these works the figure is often a vehicle for exploring themes of empowerment, memory, self-preservation, sexuality, and transformation. Spanning generations and cultures, the creative impulses of these artists serve as strong visual meditations on women, beauty, decay, and the restorative qualities of art.

The sculptures, drawings, photographs, and videos featured in One Another are primarily drawn from the museum’s significant holding of works by Antoni (American, born Bahamas, 1964), Louise Bourgeois (French, 1911–2010), and Kiki Smith (American, born 1954). The exhibition will also include a selection of works by Jeanne Dunning (American, born 1960), Eva Hesse (American, born Germany, 1936–1970), Laurie Simmons (American, born 1949), and Hannah Wilke (American, 1940–1993), among others. From Bourgeois’s deeply autobiographical and symbolic approach to artmaking to Smith’s recurrent evocation of the natural world as an impetus for storytelling and Antoni’s performance-based interpretations of her own strength and vulnerabilities, the creative impulses of these artists serve as a strong visual meditation on women and the restorative and nurturing qualities of art.
This exhibition is organized by Curator for the Collection Holly E. Hughes.

This exhibition is organized by Curator for the Collection Holly E. Hughes.

This exhibition has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of Mark McCain and Caro MacDonald.

Museum admission is required to view this special exhibition on M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY

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