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COLLECTIVE WEAVE: Andrea Geyer
January 31–March 4, 2018
‘What do you imagine when hearing the word Modernism?’ is a question Andrea Geyer likes to ask. What formed that imagination? How do artists and artworks enter the canon of institutionalized histories? How do their ideas, their knowledge, and their relationships become recognizable to a student, a researcher, a scholar, or a museum visitor? The works in Collective Weave offer an entry into American Modernism through the women who drove and enabled it. These women also maintained Modernism’s creative vibrancy by contributing and editing magazines, organizing salons, and offering financial support when needed. They connected through their diverse and thriving communities, generating conversations and projects that addressed the cultural, social, and political concerns of their time.
Works include: Revolt, They Said, a drawing delineating a network of 900 women without whom the American cultural landscape would not be as we know it today; Constellations, collages that honor women like Jessie Redmon Fauset, literary editor of the NAACP’s magazine, The Crisis, and host of literary salons that were a cornerstone of the Harlem Renaissance social scene; and Time Fold, photographs of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s notebooks. All the works in the exhibition share a commitment not only to the pasts they draw from, but to the creative potential that the silence they refer to can spark.
Geyer’s relationships with objects and space phenomenologically map themselves against one another, denying adhesion to the social understanding of their objectness, calling attention to themselves while being self-critical of their own omissions. Of a shawl, Gertrude Stein penned in Tender Buttons, “A shawl is a hat and hurt and a red balloon and an under coat and a sizer… A shawl is a wedding, a piece of wax a little build. A shawl.” In this same way, the diagram of Revolt, They Said is at once a blue print for social change, a backdrop scrim for a scene, the torn-out pages from a script that was taken home, and a women’s coat hung on a gallery wall claiming space for a history too often omitted. Geyer’s research and creative practice ruminate on this model, breaking down hierarchies into their smallest denominators—not lingering on just the biographies of people, but exalting the relationships between them; not rendering bodies and objects, but building sculptures which question the difference; not illustrating authorship or idea, but scrutinizing the way the words fit together on a page.
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Thursday, February 1 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm