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Contemporary Art

Contemporary art is a reflection of our culture and values, expressing how we think through the issues of our time. The Foundation’s arts partnerships bring that experience to our community, with particular emphasis on partnerships that make contemporary women artists more visible to the public.

Featured Contemporary Art Partners

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Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University (2015)

The Barbara Lee Family Foundation supported The Brood—Yuskavage’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States in over 15 years. The show was accompanied by Yuskavage’s first museum catalogue in over a decade and the first multi-author catalogue of her career. Following the Rose’s inaugural presentation of the exhibition, the show traveled to three additional venues in the United States.

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Platform: Tara Donovan at the Parrish Art Museum (2015)

The Barbara Lee Family Foundation supported Platform: Tara Donovan on view at the Parrish from July 4, 2015 to October 18, 2015. Tara Donovan (b. 1969, New York) creates large-scale installations and sculptures made from everyday objects. Known for her commitment to process, she has earned acclaim for her ability to discover the inherent physical characteristics of an object and convert it into art. Donovan poetically transforms accumulated materials such as drinking straws, index cards, slinky toys, and other surprising objects into formations that appear geological, biological, or otherwise naturally occurring. With this exhibition, Donovan developed a new installation that relates to the space, context, and environmental conditions of the Museum.

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Montclair Art Museum – Come as You Are: Art of the 1990’s (2015)

The Barbara Lee Family Foundation proudly supported the exhibition “Come as You Are: Art of the 1990’s” at the Montclair Art Museum. This exhibition marked the first major American museum survey to examine the art of this pivotal decade in its historical context. Showcasing approximately 60 works by 45 artists, it included installations, paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photography, video, and digital art. “Come as You Are” was organized around three principal themes: the so-called “identity politics” debates, the digital revolution, and globalization. Its title refers to the 1992 song by Nirvana (the quintessential 90s band, led by the quintessential 90s icon, Kurt Cobain).

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Harvard Art Museums – Corita Kent and the Language of Pop (2015-2016)

The Barbara Lee Family Foundation proudly supported the Corita Kent and Language of Pop exhibit displayed at the Harvard Art Museum from September 2015 through January 2016. The exhibit examined the screenprints of Corita Kent, a Roman Catholic nun who in the 1960’s created typical examples of Pop art that embodied the vivid palette and focused on everyday subjects as well as the mass-produced quality of ephemeral objects.

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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

The Barbara Lee Family Foundation was a proud supporter of the 25-year survey exhibition of Colombian artist Doris Salcedo at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago. Doris Salcedo’s work is deeply rooted in the profound trauma of Colombia’s violent history. In Colombia today there are an estimated 50,000 missing people, or desaparecidos (the disappeared). In response to this situation, Salcedo based much of her work on the testimonies of specific individuals recalling real events, giving voice to the survivors for whom tragedies are part of daily existence and a presence to those who are absent.