A post by a Facebook friend just reminded me that a remarkable museum show is closing today. If you live in New Mexico, you still have a few hours to see it. I encourage you to do so. It’s called Case Studies from the Bureau of Contemporary Art.
Case Studies is a thematic survey compiled by curator Laura Addison. It’s an intriguing and delightful excursion into works by 40 artists that invites the visitor to consider the wide ranging issues of contemporary art from time, to war, to beauty, to social justice (believe me, single words don’t begin to match Addison’s tongue-in-cheek descriptions) – all through works created in the broadest range of media from photography, to painting, to sculpture….and including, yes GLASS.
I saw the show last December. It was my favorite Christmas present of 2010.
Coming upon Silvia Levenson’s bowl of seductively sinister cast glass hand grenades nestled amongst works by Dieter Appelt, Louise Bourgeois, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, and Bruce Nauman – to name only a few – lifted my spirits and set the tone for my coming year.
Glass must have a voice within the larger conversation of contemporary art. Thank you, Laura Addison. Thank you, New Mexico Museum of Art.
Keep talking, Silvia – and all the rest of you working in glass who have something to say and do it so well with this material.
And, again, to catch part of the conversation, don’t miss the close of this show.
Wishing I were in Santa Fe today! – Lani