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Leaf Goddesses, Faith Wilding, 1976. Watercolor spatterprint on paper. Photo credit: EK Waller
 
 
Moth Triptych, Faith Wilding, 1974. Watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper. Photo credit: EK Waller
 
 
Euronyme, Faith Wilding, 1978-79. Colored pencil, graphite, watercolor, gold leaf, mounted on canvas. Photo credit: EK Waller
 
 
Installation of leaves, Faith Wilding. Pasadena Armory, 2015. Photo credit: E.K. Waller
 
 
Virginia and Emma (Tears), Faith Wilding, 2010. Watercolor, ink, collage on paper. Photo credit: Clare Britt

 

 

 

FAITH WILDING: FEARFUL SYMMETRIES

Curated by Shannon Stratton 
Jan. 20 - Feb. 25, 2018

More event information coming soon.

About the Exhibition

Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries the first retrospective exhibition of the influential feminist artist who played a key role in the formation of the Feminist Art Program at California State University in Fresno in 1970 and at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia in 1971.

Wilding was a major contributor to the historically significant month-long collaborative installation Womanhouse, sited in an abandoned mansion in Los Angeles in 1972, where she performed her highly celebrated work Waiting. Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries is a traveling exhibition organized by Threewalls, Chicago. Initiating curators for the exhibition are Shannon Stratton and Abigail Satinsky.

Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries includes a selection of works from Wilding’s studio practice spanning the past forty years, highlighting a range of works on paper – drawings, watercolors, collage and paintings – exhibited together here for the first time. Taking up key, allegorical imagery in Wilding’s work, the exhibition focuses on themes of “becoming,” both the transformative event itself, and the threshold to transfiguration. This state of in-between-ness is articulated through imagery of leaves, the chrysalis, hybrid beings, and liminal circumstances themselves, such as “waiting,” the subject of Wilding’s two prominent performances Waiting and Wait-With.

Wilding’s work manages to be both delicate and harsh in its exploration of the pivotal moment between private revelation and public manifestation. Viewed together in this exhibition, her work makes a powerful impression about psychological and physical transition and transformation. In the depiction of the chrysalis and the embryo, for example, gestation is suggested, while in imagery of tears, wounds, and “recombinant” bodies, emergence and materialization are pronounced. The sum of these parts provides a unique account of how themes of emergence were central to Wilding’s articulation of feminism, and her own reflections on a childhood growing up in an intentional Christian commune.

The exhibition and tour are made possible in part by: The Irving Harris Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Other People’s Pixels, and Threewalls’ benefactors, Lisa Key and Kevin Lint. Support for the presentation at Armory Center for the Arts comes from the Pasadena Art Alliance and Loudhailer Gallery, Los Angeles. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication featuring original writings by Irina Aristarkhova, Mario Ontiveros, and Faith Wilding.

Faith Wilding is Professor Emerita of performance art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a graduate faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a visiting scholar at the Pembroke Center, Brown University. Born in Paraguay, Wilding received her BA from the University of Iowa and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Wilding was a co-initiator of the Feminist Art Programs in Fresno and at CalArts, and she contributed Crocheted Environment and her Waiting performance piece to the historic Womanhouse exhibition. Her artwork have been featured in major feminist exhibitions including WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution; Sexual Politics; Division of Labor: Women’s Work in Contemporary Art; and re.act Feminism. Her writing has been featured in such books as The Power of Feminist Art, By Our Own Hands, The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader, MEANING, and many more.

Wilding has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid; Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow; MoMA PS1 and the Bronx Museum of Art in New York; Museum of Contemporary Art and Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; University of California Riverside Museum of Art; the Singapore Art Museum; and many others. Wilding co-founded and collaborates with subRosa, a cyberfeminist cell of cultural producers using bioart and tactical performance in the public sphere to explore and critique the intersections of information and biotechnologies in women’s bodies, lives, and work, and she is the co-editor of Domain Errors! Cyberfeminist Practices! She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital grant, and artist grants from National Endowment for the Arts.