Sam Taylor-Johnson, Self-Portrait Suspended IV, c-print on mounted aluminum, 47.25” x59”, 2003 (detail).
Image courtesy the artist and the Miller Meigs Collection

The Soul Selects her own Society:
Women Artists from the Miller Meigs Collection

January 30–March 13, 2015

Public Conversation and Opening Reception: Friday, January 30 at 7 p.m.
Public conversation between Sarah Miller Meigs and Stephanie Snyder. Opening reception to follow.

The compelling works in this group exhibition of women artists span a wide range of media, materiality and visual language. Curated from the Oregon-based Miller Meigs Collection, the disparate practices assembled here coalesce into a cohesive whole by balancing expansiveness and intimacy in their consideration of what Stephanie Snyder beautifully describes as their effort to “reveal the nuances of the female self—as process, space, affect, and cultural condition, as a selected society that is palpably greater than any individual object.”

The Soul Selects her own Society includes work by Louise Bourgeois, Ann Hamilton, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Kristan Kennedy, Ana Mendieta, Kimsooja, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Su-Mei Tse, Sara VanDerBeek, Heather Watkins, Hannah Wilke, and Bobbi Woods.

The exhibition opens on Friday evening, Jan. 30 with a public dialogue between Sarah Miller Meigs ‘84 and Stephanie Snyder at 7:00 p.m. A reception will follow.

Sarah Miller Meigs is a patron of the arts and collector based in Oregon. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Portland Art Museum and various other committees of local art institutions and foundations. Since 2005, she has supported a series of exhibitions by contemporary artists at the Portland Art Museum. In the spring of 2010 she founded the lumber room, an exhibition and artist-in-residence space in Portland. Her generosity has made this exhibition at the Law Warschaw Gallery possible.

Stephanie Snyder is the John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She is a regular contributor to Artforum and the recipient of two Getty Foundation Fellowships in recognition of her work as a curator and museum leader.