Bruce Museum opens exhibition, Her Crowd: New Art by Women

The Mothers 2011 oil and charcoal on canvas by Jenny Saville. Collection of Lisa and Steven Tananbaum © Jenny Saville. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery.

The Mothers, 2011 oil and charcoal on canvas by Jenny Saville. Collection of Lisa and Steven Tananbaum © Jenny Saville. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery.

On Sept. 24, the Bruce Museum will open Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collections. Greenwich and the nearby communities in Fairfield and Westchester counties are home to a number of contemporary collections, including art by women being made today.

Her Crowd will offer the opportunity to see what some of America’s most influential collectors of contemporary art consider beautiful, important, and compelling. Themes specific to women continue to be of significance: motherhood, food, sexuality; beauty and its discontents; stereotypes of femininity and their undoing; intersections of gender and race. Equally important for Her Crowd is the current powerful resurgence of abstraction in its myriad forms: minimalist patterning, expressive mark-making, and painterly exuberance. Many artists represented in the show traffic in unexpected collisions: of the second and third dimension, of the carefully crafted and the found object, of the concrete and the immaterial.

From established figures to newcomers, the exhibition includes work by Yayoi Kusama, Kiki Smith, Betye Saar, Annie Lapin, Margaret Lee, Carol Bove, Dana Schutz, Jessica Stockholder, Jenny Saville, and Tara Donovan, among others. Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collections will offer a glimpse into the interchange between contemporary artists and their collectors.

The exhibition is co-curated by Kenneth E. Silver, New York University Professor of Modern Art and Bruce Museum Adjunct Curator of Art, and Mia Laufer, PhD candidate (Washington University in Saint Louis) and Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow.

Exhibition catalogA scholarly exhibition catalogue, featuring a foreword by Peter C. Sutton, The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director of the Bruce Museum, and essays by the curators, also includes catalogue entries and color illustrations of the works in the show.

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