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Nancy Spero’s “Paper Mirror” at MoMA PS1, New York

“The Goddess Nut II,” 1990, Nancy Spero, Handprinting and printed collage on paper. Five panels: 213.4 x 279.4 cm (7 feet x 9 feet, 2 inches) overall.
(© 2019 The Nancy Spero and Leon Golub Foundation for the Arts/Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY, courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Photo: Michael Bodycomb)

MoMA PS1 will be hosting  “Paper Mirror” a major survey exhibition of the works of artist and activist Nancy Spero (American, 1926–2009). The exhibition opens on March 31, 2019, and will be on view through May 31, 2019.

“Spero produced a radical body of work that confronted oppression and inequality while challenging the aesthetic orthodoxies of contemporary art. Spero drew on archetypal representations of women across various cultures and times in an attempt to reframe history itself from a perspective that she termed “woman as protagonist,” ” stated the museum, describing the artist’s oeuvre and practice.

Organized by artist and curator Julie Ault, “Paper Mirror,” the first major exhibition of the Spero since her death, traces the full arc of her artistic evolution. It features more than 100 works that the artist made in a career spanning 6 decades.

The exhibition includes some of the major works by the artist, including her “Black Paintings” of the 1950s; the “War Series” of the 1960s;and the “Licit Exp and Hours of the Nights” series of 1974.

For the first time, Spero's monumental work “Notes in Time on Women” (1979–81), a 200-foot-long frieze from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, will be on view. Also, the large-scale installation “Maypole: Take No Prisoners” (2007), the last major work that the artist completed before her death, will featured at the exhibition.

Nancy Spero was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1949. Spero began her career as a figurative painter in Paris during the 1950s.

“Abandoning canvas for paper, Spero’s “The War Series (1966–70)” conveyed her outrage in depictions of sexualized bombs that personified the gendered brutality of the conflict. From 1966 onward, she worked primarily on paper―pinning her fragile compositions directly to the wall―and women’s history, gradually but emphatically, became the central subject of her art,” the museum says.

Spero participated in the Women Artists in Revolution (WAR), and the Art Workers Coalition in the 1960s. She co founded A.I.R. Gallery in 1972, the first independent women’s art venue in the US. Her work was widely exhibited in her lifetime including major retrospectives at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Serpentine Gallery, London; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Museo d’art Contemporani de Barcelona; and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.

The exhibition opens on March 31, 2019, and will be on view through May 31, 2019, at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.              

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