Hannah Wilke (1940–1993) developed an unabashed, boundary-crossing art practice that included sculpture, photography, video, and works on paper. One of the foremost American artists to emerge in the 1960s, her experimental techniques and provocative new forms express the vitality and pleasures of the body. She applied a feminist critique to her era’s repressive norms of gender and sexuality to create work that affirms life. “I have always used my art to have life around me,” Wilke proclaimed. “Art is for life’s sake.”
Hannah Wilke: Art for Life’s Sake will be the first major presentation of Wilke’s groundbreaking work in over a decade. This career-spanning exhibition will encompass the full arc of Wilke’s practice from the 1960s to her untimely death in 1993. It will feature some of the artist’s most iconic works in addition to some that have rarely been shown. This selection of nearly 120 works demonstrates Wilke’s versatility and innovative approach to materials. The exhibition will offer new perspectives on this influential artist, revealing her to be a trailblazer who was as invested in advancing the position of women in society as she was in developing a unique artistic practice.