Six Artists to See in State of the Art 2020 at Crystal Bridges and The Momentary

  • January 16, 2020 12:04

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Larry Walker, Tweet, Tweet...Look Who’s Here...or Aliens, Wall Spirits and Other Manifestations , 2017. Acrylic and various materials on panels (diptych), 62 x 98 in. Courtesy of the artist and Mason Fine Art Gallery.
Marcela Pardo Ariza, Linda, Lee & Dorsey, Louis (1988, 2018), 2018. Mounted Inkjet print, ash artist frame, Twilight Blue paint 58 × 29 in. Courtesy of the artist.
Elisa Harkins, Wampum , 2019. Video. Courtesy of Elisa Harkins. Photo by Ian Byers - Gamber.
Frank A. Blazquez, The Gallegos Twins from Belen, NM, 2019. Giclée on 100% cotton rag, 25 x 31 in. On loan from the artist, Frank A. Blazquez
JooYoung Choi, Time for You and Joy to Get Acquainted, 2017. Wooden armature, fabric, polyfoam, 108 x 115 x 85 in. Courtesy of Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art.
Eddie R. Aparicio, De Colon a Dolar , 2019. Rubber, tree and paint residue, found leather, acrylic, string, twine, and wood, 105 × 81 × 3 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Luis Linares.

State of the Art 2020 debuts next month as part of opening the new contemporary art space, the Momentary. The exhibition will be on view at the Momentary and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art from February 22 through May 24, 2020, free for all visitors.

Lauren Haynes, curator of visual arts at the Momentary and curator of contemporary art at Crystal Bridges, is leading State of the Art 2020, along with Alejo Benedetti, assistant curator of contemporary art, Crystal Bridges and Allison Glenn, associate curator of contemporary art, Crystal Bridges. The team visited studios across the country, resulting in the selection of a diverse group of 60 artists, from varied backgrounds and at different points in their careers.

More than 100 artworks will be featured in State of the Art 2020-- most created in the last three years. A number of artists are making site specific works in response to the interior architecture of both spaces as well as the histories of this region. At both the Momentary and Crystal Bridges, artwork will include paintings, sculpture, photography, video, performance, and mixed media.

State of the Art 2020 fits our vision for the Momentary and builds on some of what we’ve already done at Crystal Bridges--presenting contemporary artists who are making work that raise topics and important questions about this moment in time,” said Haynes. “As we traveled the US talking with artists, connections between their work and ideas began to emerge, which drove the selection of themes.”

The 60 individuals in State of the Art 2020 represent a cross-section of artists working today and their artwork will be organized into thematic sections including world-building: creating real and fictional spaces; sense of place: investigating ideas of home, family, immigration, and more; mapping: connections to and relationships with landscapes and power, and temporality: the concept of time and how we perceive it.

State of the Art 2020 is the continuation of an exploration into contemporary art that began in 2014, when Crystal Bridges presented State of the Art: Discovering American Art NowThe exhibition sought to showcase art being created across the US and develop the understanding that contemporary art is approachable and relevant to topics of the day. More than 175,000 visitors experienced the exhibition and engaged in meaningful discussions and events surrounding the show. PBS created a documentary released in April 2019 called State of the Art, which follows the journeys of seven artists featured in that exhibition. After its opening at Crystal Bridges, State of the Art then traveled to the Minneapolis Institute of Art; Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA; Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN; The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; and the Frist Art Museum, formerly known as the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN.

Artists included in 2020:

Sama Alshaibi | Tucson, AZ
Eddie Aparicio | Los Angeles, CA
Marcela Pardo Ariza | San Francisco, CA
Mae Aur | Memphis, TN
Frances Bagley | Dallas, TX
Paul Stephen Benjamin | Atlanta, GA
Frank Blazquez | Albuquerque, NM
Kate Budd | Akron, OH
Amy Casey | Cleveland, OH
Domingo Castillo | Miami, FL
Alex Chitty | Chicago, IL
JooYoung Choi | Houston, TX
Alex Bradley Cohen | Chicago, IL
Jill Downen | Kansas City, MO
Carla Edwards | Brooklyn, NY
Jenelle Esparza | San Antonio, TX
Peter Everett | Salt Lake City, UT
Joey Fauerso | San Antonio, TX
Elisa Harkins | Tulsa, OK
David R. Harper | Philadelphia, PA
L. Kasimu Harris | New Orleans, LA
Mari Hernandez | San Antonio, TX
Scott Hocking | Detroit, MI
Hong Hong | New Haven, CT
Letitia Huckaby | Benbrook, TX
Cory Imig | Kansas City, MO
Chele Issac | Madison, WI
Ronald Jackson | Spotsylvania, VA
Matthew Joynt | Chicago, IL
Lori Kella | Cleveland, OH
Jody Kuehner (Cherdonna) | Seattle, WA

 

Nicolas Lobo | Miami, FL
Joanna Keane Lopez | Albuquerque, NM
Jova Lynne | Detroit, MI
Suchitra Mattai | Denver, CO
Hannah McBroom | Kansas City, MO
Art Miller | Kansas City, MO
Cristina Molina | New Orleans, LA
Jiha Moon | Atlanta, GA
Tabitha Nikolai | Portland, OR
Kris Pierce | Dallas, TX
Timothy Portlock | St. Louis, MO
Enrico Riley | Lebanon, NH
Josh Rios | Chicago, IL
Kellie Romany | Chicago, IL
Anthony Romero | Boston, MA
George Sanchez-Calderon | Miami, FL
Jordan Seaberry | Providence, RI
Karen Seapker | Nashville, TN
Rick Silva | Eugene, OR
Anthony Sonnenberg | Fayetteville, AR
Edra Soto | Chicago, IL
Francisco Souto | Lincoln, NE
Damian Stamer | Hillsborough, NC
Su Su | Pittsburgh, PA
Jena Thomas | Spartanburg, SC
Stacy Lynn Waddell | Durham, NC
Larry Walker | Atlanta, GA
Diego Rodriguez Warner | Denver, CO
Didier William | Philadelphia, PA
Alice Pixley Young | Cincinnati, OH


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