On View February 1 – May 24 On the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States, WAM is proud to open the career survey exhibition Harriet Bart: Abracadabra and Other Forms of Protection. A cofounding member of WARM (the Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota, one of the first feminist art collectives in the United States) and of the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art in Minneapolis, Harriet Bart has been experimenting with genre and materials and collaborating with…
The Weisman Art Museum is proud to present Harriet Bart: Abracadabra and Other Forms of Protection, the first retrospective and monograph devoted to Harriet Bart, a pioneering artist whose powerful and varied conceptual installations and national and international exhibitions have made unique creative contributions to contemporary American art.
Bart’s work addresses urgent contemporary issues: the devastations of war, the complexities of memorialization, the emotional dimensions of space, the gendering of labor. This exhibition reflects on art’s ability to protect and transform, to expand our capacity for empathy, and to sensitize us to histories we might otherwise forget.
This exhibition locates Bart—a co-founding member of the important feminist art collective the Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota—as a leading multidisciplinary, conceptual artist to emerge during the historic shifts in 1970s art.
Featuring approximately 100 objects, the exhibition includes fiber works, paintings, sculptures, prints, artists books, and multimedia installations. A newly commissioned installation that evokes the ancient Jewish tradition of geniza, the practice of safeguarding written texts that might otherwise be discarded, will also be featured.
Bart’s work represents the movements that have inspired her: fiber art, feminism, Conceptualism, Minimalism, and Jewish mysticism. She distills the complex ideas and histories that inform her practice into spare, beautiful objects and installations that express a singular vision and originality.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a major publication—edited by exhibition curator Dr. Laura Wertheim Joseph and featuring contributions from authors from across disciplines. Contributors include: Betty Bright, Stephen Brown, Robert Cozzolino, Elizabeth Erickson, Heather Everhart, Nor Hall, Matthea Harvey, Joanna Inglot, Eric Lorberer, Jim Moore, WAM senior curator Diane Mullin, Samantha Rippner, Joan Rothfuss, John Schott, 신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin, and Susan Stewart. See a full list of contributors here >>
EXHIBITION PREVIEW PARTY | Fri., Jan. 31 | 7 – 10 p.m.
ARTIST TALK WITH HARRIET BART | Weds., Feb. 12 | 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Join Harriet Bart and exhibition curator Laura Wertheim Joseph, PhD, in dialogue about the artist’s life, work, and retrospective. RSVP here >>
SEVEN FORMS STUDENT DESIGN SHOWCASE | Weds., Apr. 22 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Emerging student designers will create ready-for-the-runway garments that explore the conceptual and material dimensions of protection, and what that means in contemporary life. Tickets will be released here on March 2.
THE CONVENING | Fri., May 8 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A convening of speakers, workshops, and embodied practices, taking Bart, who exemplifies the protective and feminist act of creating worlds within worlds, as an entry point into explorations of forms of resistance and protection from patriarchal power structures. More info here >>
The exhibition and catalog are generously supported by individual donors and through grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.