Brandeis University News
The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University presents the first major retrospective of eminent American artist, curator, and teacher Howardena Pindell, who for nearly five decades has explored the intersection of art and activism. Co-curated Naomi Beckwith and Valerie Cassel Oliver and organized by the MCA Chicago, What Remains To Be Seen spans the New York–based artist’s career, featuring early figurative paintings, pure abstraction and conceptual works, as well as personal and political art that emerged in the aftermath of a life-threatening car accident in 1979. On view February 1 through May 19, 2019, the exhibition traces themes and visual experiments that run throughout Pindell’s work up to the present. Howardena Pindell will be in conversation with Beckwith, Cassel Oliver, and the Rose Art Museum’s Assistant Curator Caitlin Julia Rubin on February 2.
“We are thrilled to welcome Howardena Pindell back to the Rose 25 years after we first hosted a retrospective of her work,” said Luis A. Croquer, Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator at the Rose. “Her exceptional and pioneering career–partnered with a boundless material inventiveness as well as insistent and valiant focus on equity and diverse representation within the art world–invites us to confront the pressing issues of our times.”
Trained as a painter, Pindell (American, b. 1943) has challenged the staid traditions of the art world and asserted her place in its history as a woman and one of African descent. Since the 1960s, she has used unconventional materials such as glitter, talcum powder, sewing thread, and perfume to expand the boundaries of the rigid tradition of paintings on rectangular, stretched canvas. Her work is infused with traces of her labor, creating rich, layered surfaces by obsessively affixing dots of pigment and paper circles made with an ordinary hole punch onto the surfaces of her paintings. Despite the effort exerted in the creation of these works, …