THE ROSE ART MUSEUM RETHINKS ITS APPROACH TO MODERN ART HISTORY
Organized in celebration of the Rose’s 60th anniversary, the exhibition re: collections, Six Decades at the Rose Art Museum highlights the Rose’s radical roots while showcasing the potential for future transformations. Following the example of artists featured in the exhibition, re: collections challenges art historical conventions and cultural hierarchies by charting alternative genealogies that link artworks drawn from the museum’s stellar permanent collection.
“re: collections is a culmination of many years of research, teaching, and critical thinking about the art historical canon—how it was forged, by whom, its biases, omissions, and deliberate exclusions,” said Gannit Ankori, Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator. “The curatorial team and I knew that we didn’t want to feature the Rose’s incredible collection as a mere illustration of the traditional Euro- and U.S.-centric narrative of art. We didn’t want to reiterate such limited and limiting perspectives of human creativity.”
Texts spaced across the Rose’s galleries introduce thematic and formal threads interwoven throughout the show. The resilient creativity of artists has long been a force for change, pushing against and altering the boundaries of the accepted and expected. Remixing traditional materials and modes of artmaking expands what these categories might be, just as the subversion and reconfiguration of representations made by others make room for art that speaks powerfully of the self and to newly envisioned worlds and ways of being. The exhibition recontextualizes the familiar while introducing the new, displaying well-known works alongside emerging and historically underrepresented artists
Curated by Gannit Ankori, Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator; Elyan J. Hill, Guest Curator of African and African Diaspora Art, and Caitlin Julia Rubin, Associate Curator and Director of Programs, re: collections, Six Decades at the Rose Art Museum will be on view for three years, with several rotations.