Judy Pfaff 1985/92
Judy Pfaff (American, b. 1946) Mixed media assemblage MH 2014.8a-k
The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum recently acquired Judy Pfaff’s Wallabout (1986) and this exhibition celebrates the historical moment in the artist’s career when she made that sculpture. Between 1985 and 1992, Pfaff created large-scale, multi-media works that bridge, both conceptually and physically, the surface of the wall and the space of the gallery. Featuring a selection of her signature installations from this period, the exhibition explores Pfaff’s restless quest for visual equilibrium within an explosive array of forms and colors, shapes and lines, solids and voids. Her cyclonic compositions challenge the notion of an object at rest. Also on view will be several prints that echo in two dimensions the artist’s formal concerns in sculpture.
The internationally acclaimed Pfaff has been the subject of countless one-person exhibitions, the recipient of major honors including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives and works in upstate New York and is the Richard B. Fisher Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
Curated by John R. Stomberg, Florence Finch Abbott DirectorThis exhibition is made possible by the Lucy P. Eisenhart Fund.
Events And Links
Video recording of a lecture by artist Judy Pfaff
In this first post for the mhcameo blog column Storage Segments, which covers fascinating behind-the-scenes and collections management topics, Museum Preparator Jacqueline Finnegan describes the challenging but rewarding process of installing Judy Pfaff's Wallabout for the exhibition betwixt: Judy Pfaff 1985/92.
Professor Jim Coleman describes a recent student dance performance at the Museum inspired by the artworks of Judy Pfaff. Three art majors, three experienced dance improvisers, and 20 beginning dance students participated in the performance.