In Spite of Modernism: Contemporary Art, Abstract Legacies, and Identity features five contemporary artists who challenge abstract styles narrowly associated with Modernism. Each artist applies styles like geometric abstraction and flat, colorful compositions – those developed by various communities around the world – into their paintings and fabric-based works. In doing so, the artists confront the Modern movement’s exclusions of race, gender, and sexuality, and offer a more inclusive interpretation of the history and artistic styles that gave Western Modern artists global recognition.
In Spite of Modernism: Contemporary Art, Abstract Legacies, and Identity is curated by Haley Clouser, independent curator and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Curatorial Fellow, and features the works of Paolo Arao, Asa Jackson, Julia Kwon, Esteban Ramón Pérez, and Tariku Shiferaw.
The exhibition will be accompanied by public programs. For more information and updates, visit arlingtonartscenter.org/events.