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Exhibition Detail
Religion, Ritual, and Performance in Modern and Contemporary Art
Curated by: Denise Birkhofer
Oberlin College
87 North Main Street
Oberlin, OH 44074


August 28th, 2012 - June 30th, 2013
 
Macarena Esperanza , Audrey FlackAudrey Flack, Macarena Esperanza ,
Color lithograph and gold leaf
© Courtesy of the artist & Allen Memorial Art Museum
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As in earlier periods, the art of the 20th and 21st centuries engages in a dialogue with the important themes of religion, ritual, and performance. Works from the AMAM collection by artists from diverse backgrounds and artistic approaches reflect a broad array of responses to these concepts. Examples by artists such as Louise Bourgeois and photographer Holly Wright address religion, ranging from the Christian tradition to other beliefs from around the world. Other artists like Jackie Winsor employ the idea of ritual as an art-making strategy, while Alison Saar and José Bedia present it as a subject. Ephemeral performance art is documented in works by artists including Joseph Beuys, Dennis Oppenheim, and Ana Mendieta.


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