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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

PHILADELPHIA | Exhibition Tour of "Ree Morton: The Plant that Heals May Also Poison" at the Institute of Contemporary Art, UPenn

Start Date: 12/12/2018 5:30 PM EST
End Date: 12/12/2018 7:30 PM EST

Venue Name: Institute of Contemporary Art, UPenn

118 South 36th Street
(at corner of Samson, between Walnut and Chestnut)
Philadelphia, PA  United States  19104-3211

Organization Name: ArtTable

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Guests | $15


Curator Kate Kraczon will lead a tour of her acclaimed exhibition, "Ree Morton: The Plant that Heals May also Poison," -- the first major United States exhibition of artist Ree Morton (b. 1936, Ossining, New York; d. 1977, Chicago) in nearly four decades! 

Morton produced a prescient body of work rich in emotion and philosophically complex. Long celebrated by peers and younger generations, Morton’s influence on contemporary art remains considerable yet muted, her legacy widely underrecognized. Gathered in this exhibition are works produced during her short but prolific career, which span mediums and materials; reimagine tropes of love, friendship, and motherhood; and radically assert sentiment as a legitimate subject of artmaking.

Though the eclectic arc of Morton’s practice was rooted in Postminimalism, a poetic approach to language and symbolism progressively distanced her work from easy categorization. The inclusion of personal narrative—through literary, theoretical, and autobiographical references—and use of bold color and theatrical imagery infused her objects with sly humor and a concern with the decorative, generating a feminist legacy increasingly appreciated in retrospect. 

Morton’s practice was profoundly shaped by her time in Philadelphia, where she attended graduate school at the Tyler School of Art and taught for several years at Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts). A major sculptural work, Sister Perpetua’s Lie, was created for a 1973 exhibition at ICA and is currently on view in this retrospective. The exhibition features several of these rarely seen installations, along with a selection of drawings, sculptures, paintings, and archival materials which span a single decade of artistic production before Morton’s untimely death in 1977.

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Thank you to Kate Kraczon, Rachel Zimmermann, Shelley R. Langdale for organizing this program.

Image caption: Ree Morton, The Plant That Heals May Also Poison, 1974. Five lightbulbs, enamel and glitter on wood and celastic. 46x64 inches. FWA – Lieve Van Gorp Foundation for Women Artists. © Estate of Ree Morton. Courtesy Alexander and Bonin, New York.

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