Beverly Buchanan--Ruins and Rituals

Oct 21, 2016 - Mar 5, 2017

Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052

Time: Museum Hours: Wednesday & Friday-Sunday 11am-6pm; Thursday 11am-10pm. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Phone Number: 718-638-5000
Contact: information@brooklynmuseum.org
Website: https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/beverly_buchanan_ruins_rituals
Description:

Beverly Buchanan (1940-2015) explored the relationship between memory-personal, historical, and geological-and place. Engaging with the most vanguard movements of her time, including Land Art, Post-Minimalism, and feminism, she linked political and social consciousness to the formal aesthetics of abstraction.

The most comprehensive exhibition of Buchanan's work to date, Beverly Buchanan-Ruins and Rituals presents approximately 200 objects, including sculpture, painting, photography, drawing, and notebooks of the artist's writing as well as documentation of performances. A new video installation of her existing earthworks is presented for the first time.

Emphasizing how Buchanan's work resisted easy categorization, this exhibition investigates her dialogue not only with a range of styles, materials, and movements, but also with gender, race, and identity. Works on view examine histories of locations where she lived and worked, including Florida, New York, and Georgia.

According to Buchanan, "... a lot of my pieces have the word 'ruins' in their titles because I think that tells you this object has been through a lot and survived-that's the idea behind the sculptures...it's like, 'Here I am; I'm still here!' "


Beverly Buchanan-Ruins and Rituals is organized by guest curators Jennifer Burris and Park McArthur, and coordinated by Catherine Morris, Sackler Family Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, and Cora Michael, Associate Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.

Generous support for this exhibition is provided by the Brooklyn Museum's Contemporary Art Acquisitions Committee.

Beverly Buchanan-Ruins and Rituals is part of A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, a yearlong series of ten exhibitions celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Leadership support is provided by Elizabeth A. Sackler, an anonymous donor, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Calvin Klein Family Foundation, and Mary Jo and Ted Shen. Generous support is also provided by the Taylor Foundation, the Antonia and Vladimer Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund, and The Cowles Charitable Trust.


EVENTS RELATED TO THIS EXHIBITION
Curator Tour and Screening
October 22, 2016, 2pm
Curators Jennifer Burris and Park McArthur have a conversation about the exhibition and screen footage of Buchanan's earthworks.

Gallery Tour
October 22, 2016, 3pm
Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.

Gallery Tour
October 23, 2016, 3pm
Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.

Hidden in Plain Site: Beverly Buchanan
October 27, 2016, 7pm
Join curator Lowery Stokes Sims for a conversation with a younger generation of curators and critics about Buchanan's legacy.

Gallery Tour
November 3, 20116, 2pm
Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.

Gallery Tour
November 5, 20116, 3pm
Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.

Artist's Eye: Cameron Rowland on Beverly Buchanan
November 12, 2016
This series of intimate, in-gallery talks by contemporary artists illuminates our special exhibitions with fresh and alternative perspectives. For Beverly Buchanan-Ruins and Rituals, Cameron Rowland responds to Buchanan's unique use of materials, interest in vernacular architecture and site markers of the South, and wry self-portraits, among other topics.

Gallery Tour
November 13, 20116, 12pm
Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.

Gallery Tour
November 13, 20116, 3pm
Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.

Gallery Tour
November 27, 20116, 3pm
Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.

Gallery Tour
December 4, 2016, 12pm
Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.

Gallery Tour
December 11, 2016, 12pm
Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.




The Brooklyn Museum is excited to announce A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, ten distinct exhibitions and an extensive calendar of related public programs celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. The Museum-wide series starts in October 2016 and continues through early 2018.

A Year of Yes
presents a multiplicity of voices from the history of feminism and feminist art while also showcasing contemporary artistic practices and new thought leadership. The project recognizes feminism as a driving force for progressive change and takes the transformative contributions of feminist art during the last half-century as its starting point. A Year of Yes then reimagines the next steps, expanding feminist thinking from its roots in the struggle for gender parity to embrace broader social-justice issues of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity.

From exhibitions of renowned and trailblazing women artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Marilyn Minter, to a breakthrough survey of the lesser-known artist Beverly Buchanan; from a long-overdue historical account of the centrality of women of color in the emergence of second-wave feminism, to exhibitions with global contemporary artists enacting a future of equality, A Year of Yes pushes back against conventional barriers while expanding the canon.

A Year of Yes also delves into the history of the Brooklyn Museum itself, reexamining the radical, progressive, and largely unheralded contributions so often left out of traditional institutional histories. By reinterpreting the collection, amid ten special exhibitions and innovative public programming, the Museum will demonstrate how feminism's reenvisioning of the contemporary world has changed how we understand the artworks in the building, the culture that surrounds them, and the ways history gets written.

PRESS RELEASE

A Year of Yes Exhibitions
Beverly Buchanan-Ruins and Rituals
, October 21, 2016-March 5, 2017
Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty
, November 4, 2016-April 2, 2017
Iggy Pop Life Class, November 4, 2016-March 26, 2017
Infinite Blue, Opening late November 2016
A Woman's Afterlife: Gender Transformation in Ancient Egypt, Opening December 2, 2016
Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern, March 3, 2017-July 23, 2017
Utopia Station, Launching late March 2017
We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85, April 21-September 17, 2017
The Roots of "The Dinner Party", Opening October 20, 2017
A Feminist Timeline, Opening October 20, 2017

Event Type: Exhibition