Contemporary Arts Center

Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension

900 Camp St.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 to Sunday, June 16, 2019

Press Release

Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension is an exhibition in eight-parts, a confrontation with the patrimony of European modernism in the practices of eight leading women artists: Sarah Crowner, Julia Dault, Leslie Hewitt, Tomashi Jackson, Erin Shirreff, Ulla von Brandenburg, Adriana Varejão, and Claudia Wieser.

Across eight successive galleries, this exhibition presents practices that evolve from the flat plane of the wall to immersive sculptural environments. Staging a performance of material history, spatial occupation, and social positioning, Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension resuscitates abstract modernist vocabularies, marked by patriarchal and colonial histories, for use in a new feminist formalism.

Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension takes its name from the writings of Marcel Duchamp in The Green Box, a companion piece to his masterwork The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even (La Mariée mise a nu par ses célibataires, même, more commonly known as Le Grande Verre or The Large Glass). The Large Glass is a work in glass, paint, wire, and foil. In the most literal reading, it figures a nude woman, suspended above a host of ogling bachelors. In his writing, Duchamp narrates both social and physical constraint ("The Bride accepts this stripping...") and formal liberation ("discover true form...develop the principle of the hinge..."). The artists of Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension use formal constraint--a commitment to abstraction--in a demonstration of social liberation; theirs is a knowing, deconstructed rehearsal of form and color, weighted by the errors, limits, and categorical proscriptions of transatlantic Modernism. The exhibition includes many large-scale new commissions.

Additionally, a full-color publication by the same name, co-published by Siglio Press and the CAC, New Orleans will be released in March 2019. Eight artists' books-within-the-book, the publication will serve as a parallel platform to the exhibition, affording each artist another "hinge picture," or three-dimensional field of presentation in response to Marcel Duchamp's The Green Box. 

The exhibition is curated by Andrea Andersson, PhD, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. This artists’ book is a collaboration between the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans and Siglio Press.

The exhibition is supported by The Helis Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Sydney & Walda Besthoff, and an anonymous gift. Major support is provided by Étant donnés Contemporary Art, a program of the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional funding is provided by the Visual Arts Exhibition Fund with generous contributions from the Azby Fund, Bryan Bailey, Valerie Besthoff, Anna & Scott Dunbar, Felicity Property Co., Aimée & Mike Siegel, and anonymous donors.

This exhibition is also supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans and administered by the Arts Council New Orleans, as well as by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Additional support by Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen; Gagosian; Casey Kaplan, New York; Perrotin; Pilar Corrias Gallery, London; Sikkema Jenkins, & Co., New York; and Tilton Gallery, New York.

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