In recent months and weeks Mothernism has been touring some great venues in the United States, including the Elisabeth Foundation in New york (NY), the Elmhurst Art Museum Biennial in Elmhurst (IL) and my first US museum solo at The Contemporary Austin (TX). As the good-enough mother she is, the installation accommodates the different spaces she visits to make it what we need… and this old mama is only getting more photogenic with age. Enjoy!
Elmhurst Art Museum’s inaugural Biennial “Chicago Statements” (December 12 2015-February 21 2016) was curated by Staci Boris and featured 19 Chicago based artists, working across a variety of disciplines and topics with a shared message that “Chicago has Something to Say!”
“Hi(gh) Mothernism!” was situated in one wing of the the museum’s Mies van der Rohe/McCormic House, a single family home built in 1952. With its painted window banners, the installation became an integral part of the architectural space while also addressing the project’s relationship with interior design, high modernism and color theory. The effect was that of stepping into a color field painting. As part of the biennial’s public programming it also featured a “story time” with Eleanor Ross.
“The Letdown Reflex” (January 30-March 12 2016) at EFA Project space featured the work of seven artist-parents and collectives, summoned by curators Amber Berson and Juliana Driever to imagine a blue-print for an art world that is accessible for parents and children alike.
The “let down reflex,” a term referencing the involuntary reflex that causes nursing mothers to produce breast milk, takes on a double meaning in this exhibition, referring here to the reflexive tendency of letting down parents, and particularly mothers, within the flawed labor system of the art world.
The exhibition features the Mothernism “travel edition” complete with disco-hammock and iPad audio/video. After this show the travel edition will travel on down the road to A.I.R gallery (NYC) as part of the exhibition “Do You Hear What I Hear?” curated by Anthony Elms.
And finally, we got to Mothernize Texas! Curated by Julia Hendrickson, “Mothernism” was on view at The Contemporary Austin’s Laguna Gloria Gatehose Gallery through spring (February 13 -May 21 2016). Featured alongside Mark Mothersbaugh’s Myopia at the museums Jones Center location, this iteration highlights the project’s relationship to popular music (do I hear Disco?), feminist utopia’s and Sci-Fi. It featured a geodesic yurt,a custom built Leebrary, containing primary texts and inspiration for the book, and a purple carpet!
For the exhibition The Contemporary Austin commissioned an audio piece titled “The Mothernist’s audio Guide to Laguna Gloria.” This free audio guide to the site’s garden and sculpture park premiered on International Women’s Day, March 8th, and you can listen to it here:
More info on the show can be found here: