|Maren Hassinger, Wrenching News, 2010. Shredded, twisted, and wrapped newspapers (New York Times).|
Wall: 7′ x 7′ x 1′. Floor: 6′ x 6′ x 1′. Image via museum.spelman.edu courtesy the artist .
Maren Hassinger . . . Dreaming
February 12 – May 16, 2015
Curated by Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, PhD and Anne Collins Smith
Opening reception: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6:30PM
350 Spelman Lane Southwest
For more than four decades Maren Hassinger, a sculptor, performance artist, and the Director of the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute and College of Art, has created work that examines the tenuous relationship between nature and industrialism. The Museum will organize and present the original exhibition Maren Hassinger . . . Dreaming. Throughout her distinguished career Hassinger has received awards from prestigious foundations including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Anonymous Was a Woman, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Her work has recently been featured in several important nationally touring exhibitions including Now Dig This!: Art of Black Los Angeles 1960 –1980 (2011), Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists (2011), and Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art (2012). Maren Hassinger . . . Dreaming will include installations made of newspapers, plastic bags, leaves, and other unconventional materials. This solo exhibition, curated by Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D., Director, and Anne Collins Smith, the Curator of Collections, is a timely examination of her life and work. It brings a substantial body of Hassinger’s work to the southeast for the first time. The forthcoming exhibition catalogue is made possible by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.