One of the foremost artists to emerge in the 1960s, Hannah Wilke (1940–1993) stands as a pivotal figure in postwar American art for her role in challenging dialogues around art and feminism. Since its inception, her distinctive and original work has provocatively pushed against prevailing narratives of women’s bodies and their representation. The artist’s signature folded and layered forms synthesize a variety of influences, including Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Conceptualism, while also formulating a uniquely feminist iconography.
This career-spanning exhibition will be the first major presentation of the artist’s work in the United States in over ten years. Examining Wilke’s prolific career from the 1960s up to her untimely death in 1993, the exhibition will bring together works on paper, photography, and video, as well as examples of Wilke’s diverse sculptures in clay, bronze, latex, and other non-traditional materials. This diverse selection of iconic and rarely shown work will highlight her daring practice and iconographic innovations. Through a loosely chronological presentation that represents themes, motifs, and materials across Wilke’s over three-decade long career, the exhibition will offer new perspectives on this critical and influential artist.