Exhibition at Macalester - Jan. 30 - March 13 “The Soul Selects her own Society:  Women Artists from the Miller Meigs Collection”

Sam Taylor-Johnson, "Self-Portrait Suspended IV," c-print on mounted aluminum, "47.25 x 59,” 2003 (detail). Image courtesy of the artist and the Miller Meigs Collection.

St, Paul, Minn. – 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 Reed College’s curator Stephanie Snyder 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, Jan. 30 with a public dialogue between Sarah Miller Meigs ‘84 and Stephanie Snyder at 7 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.

Gallery hours: M-W and F, 10 am – 4 pm; Thu. 10 am – 8 pm; Sat. and Sun., noon – 4 pm.  Law Warschaw Gallery, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery 130 Macalester Street, St. Paul, Minn. FREE 651-696-6416.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 2,045 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement. Learn more at macalester.edu.

January 16 2015

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