Sunday Spotlight: 'Revolution in the Making' Exhibition (Part One)

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This past week I visited the downtown Los Angeles Arts District to attend a press preview of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel Los Angeles before its Grand Opening. The press event included an exclusive tour of the gallery's inaugural exhibition Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016Before the event began I got the opportunity to explore the venue unguided. I stumbled upon a small presentation of personal documents from artist Louise Bourgeois provided by The Easton Foundation. Bourgeois is a featured artist in the exhibition and the insight into her mind as artist and woman helps shine light on the artistic themes Revolution in the Making is trying to set forth. 
I have endeavored during my whole lifetime as a sculptor to turn women from an object into an active subject. – Louise Bourgeois
The opening remarks led by co-curator Paul Schimmel accentuates the importance of Revolution in the Making as an inaugural exhibition. Schimmel dubs the Los Angeles Arts District a "cultural community". Schimmel notes the Los Angeles complex of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel as an indicator of the extra-ordinary changes taking shape in this community within the last ten years. With Revolution in the Making, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel has the opportunity to serve as an example of what the arts center can be. Not just a cultural community, but a diverse cultural community. Revolution in the Making both recognizes the contributions of women to sculpture since the postwar period and informs the public of the diversity within art often excluded from mainstream consciousness.

With seventy years worth of collected artistry provided from close to sixty American museums, Revolution in the Making aims to highlight the specific contributions and influence women like Bourgeois have held over the language of abstract sculpture. The exhibit includes installations and sculptures created by a variety of creative thinkers. It can be boasted as an collection that educates the public on how many women became progenitors and innovators within abstract sculpture in the very same means as Bourgeois. The exhibition is a look at women becoming active subjects by taking their domestic spaces and the material within these spaces to produce artistic expressions and techniques that have become central to art today.

In a follow up post, I will delve into an in-depth look at my impressions on a few pieces from the exhibition. For now, have a look at key sculptures that caught my attention.

Lynda Benglis, Wing, 1970
Abigail Deville, Intersection, 2014
Lee Bontecou, Untitled, 1964
Shinique Smith, Forgiving Strands, 2014 – 2016

Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016 is on display at the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel Gallery from March 13, 2016 to September 4, 2016

Gallery Information 
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel Gallery

901 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 537-0858

Metered Parking is available outside the gallery.

Hours of Operation: 
• Wednesday, Friday – Sunday: 11 am–6 pm 
• Thursday: 11 am–8 pm 

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