TWO EXCEPTIONAL RETROSPECTIVES AT THE PULITZER ARTS FOUNDATION
On September 14th at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (Washington), two exhibitions inaugurate at the same time: Ruth Asawa's Life's Work, and Lola Álvarez Bravo's Picturing Mexico.
On the one hand, the retrospective of Ruth Asawa (1926- 2013) consists of the first major exhibition ever made at a museum about her. The North American sculptress of Japanese descent made all her work on the west coast of the United States, where they nicknamed her as the "fountain lady".
As a retrospective look, the exhibition curated by Tamara H. Schenkenberg presents around eighty works -mainly sculptures- that show the different techniques and materials used throughout Asawa's career.
Organized together, the objective of this retrospective is to give visibility to the contributions that the Californian artist introduced in modern and contemporary sculpture. Likewise, the exhibition aims to understand the vision of the woman behind the works and her ability to work with low economic resources.
At Life's Work framework, the museum will provide a catalog with reviews and essays by Arina D'Souza, Helen Molesworth and the curator of the exhibition, Tamara H. Schekenberg.
On the other hand, Picturing Mexico is made up of fifty black and white photographs by Mexican photographer Lola Álvarez Bravo. As a curator, artist and teacher, Álvarez Bravo was a key figure for modernist movements in Mexico.
Curated by Stephanie Weissberg, the exhibition takes a tour of the photographs taken between the 30s and 70s period, where the Mexican artist traveled throughout the country making portraits of her contemporary artists in postrevolutionary Mexico. In addition, his works illustrate the transformation process lived by Mexican society.