Currents: Latifa Echakhch

May 15, 2012 at

Currents is a series of exhibitions showcasing vanguard works in a variety of media by emerging and established international artists. In our upcoming exhibition Currents: Latifa Echakhch, Moroccan-born artist Latifa Echakhch creates a sculptural installation that positions continuing themes presented in CMA’s Schiller Collection within a current cultural context. Using vintage lithographic stones, Echakhch responds specifically to prints in the Schiller Collection. Presenting the stones along with icons of the American West, Echakhch provides a poetic and complex view of the eroding cultural divide. In addition, Echakhch has found the perfect icon of the American West to spark our imaginations and encourage us to rethink our assumptions.  I mean really, when is the last time you’ve seen a tumbleweed? See below for the video CMA commissioned in conjunction with the Currents exhibition. Also check out the blog post from our Contemporary Curator.

In 2005, CMA acquired the Philip J. and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art, 1930 – 1970, one of the most important collections of its kind in the country and includes works by Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Rockwell Kent, George Tooker, and Paul Cadmus. These works of art are the keystones between two major areas of strength in the Museum’s American collection: George Bellows and the Ashcan School and American Modernism. These works vividly address complex problems and issues in American history. Echakhch takes her visual cues from the works of American art in the Schiller Collection and utilizes these works as a springboard for confronting issues that continue to face America today.

The Currents series is supported by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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