Photo courtesy of Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Amon Carter Museum of American Art will present the first-ever examination of Louise Nevelson’s midcentury sculptures and works on paper through the lens of the artistic and cultural landscape that shaped her vision. Bringing together defining examples of Nevelson’s wall works, installations, and prints from across the country, many side by side for the first time, "The World Outside: Louise Nevelson at Midcentury" illuminates Nevelson’s multidimensional mastery of form and reaffirms the significance of her works as critical accounts of American history.

"The World Outside" offers the first in-depth study of the artistic, economic, and political forces behind Nevelson’s multifaceted innovations. Working against repressive gender norms and a culture of mass consumption, Nevelson subverted the era’s obsession with domesticity and industrial production by championing hands-on techniques and repurposed materials.

Investigating over 50 key sculptures and works on paper, the exhibition reveals how Nevelson’s encounters with "the world outside" fueled her imagination and ingenuity - from the Colonial Revival and the "discovery" of American folk art in the first half of the twentieth century; to muralism and Mayan iconography in her travels through Mexico and Guatemala; to New York’s modern dance scene; to Los Angeles’ print-art revolution; to media coverage of environmental crises and the Space Race.

Rather than a chronological presentation of Nevelson’s artwork, "The World Outside" features five thematic sections that provide new insights into the artist’s practice dating from the late 1930s to the early 1970s. These include "The Choreographer," "The Visionary," "The Community Builder," "The Printmaker" and "The Environmentalist."

Amon Carter Museum of American Art will present the first-ever examination of Louise Nevelson’s midcentury sculptures and works on paper through the lens of the artistic and cultural landscape that shaped her vision. Bringing together defining examples of Nevelson’s wall works, installations, and prints from across the country, many side by side for the first time, "The World Outside: Louise Nevelson at Midcentury" illuminates Nevelson’s multidimensional mastery of form and reaffirms the significance of her works as critical accounts of American history.

"The World Outside" offers the first in-depth study of the artistic, economic, and political forces behind Nevelson’s multifaceted innovations. Working against repressive gender norms and a culture of mass consumption, Nevelson subverted the era’s obsession with domesticity and industrial production by championing hands-on techniques and repurposed materials.

Investigating over 50 key sculptures and works on paper, the exhibition reveals how Nevelson’s encounters with "the world outside" fueled her imagination and ingenuity - from the Colonial Revival and the "discovery" of American folk art in the first half of the twentieth century; to muralism and Mayan iconography in her travels through Mexico and Guatemala; to New York’s modern dance scene; to Los Angeles’ print-art revolution; to media coverage of environmental crises and the Space Race.

Rather than a chronological presentation of Nevelson’s artwork, "The World Outside" features five thematic sections that provide new insights into the artist’s practice dating from the late 1930s to the early 1970s. These include "The Choreographer," "The Visionary," "The Community Builder," "The Printmaker" and "The Environmentalist."

WHEN

WHERE

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107, USA
https://www.cartermuseum.org/exhibitions

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Admission is free.

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