The Barbara Lee Family Foundation supported artist Joan Jonas in her exhibit representing the United States at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Jonas is a pioneer of video and performance art, and an acclaimed multimedia artist whose work typically encompasses video, performance, installation, sound, text, and drawing. Trained in art history and sculpture, Jonas was a central figure in the performance art movement of the late 1960s, and her experiments and productions in the late 1960s and early 1970s continue to be crucial to the development of many contemporary art genres, from performance and video to conceptual art and theater. Since 1968, her practice has explored ways of seeing, the rhythms of ritual, and the authority of objects and gestures.
The Barbara Lee Family Foundation supported the documentary Tracing the Rope: Eva Hesse Life + Work. The film traces the life of Eva Hesse, one of the few women recognized as central to the 1960’s New York art scene. A German-born American artist, Eva Hesse had over 20 group shows scheduled for 1970 in addition to being chosen for a cover article in ArtForum Magazine. After her early death in 1970, Hesse's works have been recognized through multiple posthumous retrospectives at the Guggenheim, Yale University Art Gallery, SFMoMA and Museum Wiesbaden. Her work is held by many important museum collections including the Whitney, MoMA, the Hirschhorn, the Pompidou in Paris and London's Tate Modern.
Capitalizing on the excitement and the opportune time of the 2013 open seat Boston mayoral election, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation was thrilled to partner with MASSCreative on the “Create the Vote” campaign. One of the main priorities of this campaign is to encourage all Mayoral candidates to commit to the development and implementation of a strong and dynamic arts policy agenda for the City of Boston.
The Barbara Lee Family Foundation was an Associate Producer of the electrifying new documentary, “Ann Richards’ Texas.”
The Foundation supported the exhibition of Argentine artist Amalia Pica’s conceptual work.
The Barbara Lee Family Foundation supported the Guerilla Girls exhibition "Artworld and Beyond: Not Ready to Make Nice" at the Montserrat College of Art. This exhibit is being presented alongside a two-day symposium that will gather members of arts and academia to discuss the role of artists and their work in addressing issues of prejudice and inequality in society, using the work of the Guerrilla Girls and others as examples.
The Barbara Lee Family Foundation supported the production of catalogues accompanying two unique exhibits at the New Museum. One of the catalogues is part of the “Klara Liden: Bodies of Society” exhibit that was featured in spring 2012. In September, the New Museum will feature “Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos,” her first major survey exhibition, which will encompass the entire Museum building.
n 2011, The Barbara Lee Family Foundation supported the Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan exhibit, which opened the Contemporary Arts Center’s 2011-2012 season. The exhibit explored the method of miniaturist painting as a stylistic foundation of art in Pakistan. Realms of Intimacy addressed the ability of art forms to adapt to different environments and to exist as a language with universal relevance. Common topics are gender roles and cultural labels, in addition to Pakistani and U.S. politics. It featured the work of Ambreen Butt, Faiza Butt, Imran Qureshi, Nusra Qureshi, and Saira Wasim, who all studied at the National College of Art (NCA) in Lahore, Pakistan.
As part of the Hirshhorn Museum’s programming, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation is supporting the long-term installation of the Barbara Kruger: Belief + Doubt exhibit.
The Barbara Lee Family Foundation is pleased to be an Associate Producer of the fascinating documentary, “She's Beautiful When She's Angry.” This film tells one of the most important stories of the 1960s: the rebirth of feminism.
The Foundation helped fund Frances Stark: This could become a gimick [sic] or an honest articulation of the workings of the mind, the first U.S. museum survey of the work of Los Angeles artist and writer, Frances Stark.
The Foundation is supporting Mass MOCA with a grant for an exhibit titled, Petah Coyne: Everything That Rises Must Converge and is on display from May 2010 until April 2011.
The Foundation is supporting Doin’ It in Public: Feminism & Art at the Woman’s Building an exhibition, catalog and series of public events that document, contextualize and pay tribute to the groundbreaking work of feminist artists and art cooperatives that were centered in and around the Los Angeles Woman's Building in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Foundation funded a film and graphic novel called “!War” by Lynn Hershman. Through intimate interviews, art, and rarely seen archival film and video footage, !Women Art Revolution reveals how the Feminist Art Movement fused free speech and politics into an art that radically transformed the art and culture of our times.
The Foundation helped fund the catalogue that accompanied the Laylah Ali exhibit: Notes/Drawings/Untitled Afflictions in 2008. Ali has gained international recognition for her ability to condense complex, socio-political commentary into deceptively simple imagery.
Long Life Cool White: Photographs by Moyra Davey—the artist’s first exhibition in a major museum— presented an overview of artist and writer Moyra Davey’s 20-year career summarized in 40 photographs.
This exhibition featured 14 examples of Rona Pondick's sculptures from the past decade and focuses on her particular interest in three aspects of sculpture—the communicative capacity of gesture and posture, the treatment of hair, and the effects of repetition.
The Foundation helped fund Chantal Akerman: Moving Through Time and Space, a documentary that was on exhibit in 2008.
The Foundation helped fund the production of the feature length documentary film Our City Dreams by Chiara Clemente. The film is an invitation to visit the creative spaces of five women artists: Nancy Spero, MArina Abramovic, Kiki Smith, Ghada Amer, and Swoon.
Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave was the first mid-career survey of the work of Marlene Dumas to be organized by an American institution. The exhibition, which included over 100 paintings and drawings, was organized according to specific subjects Dumas has examined throughout her 30-year career, including children, pregnant women, the dead, and the female nude.
The Foundation funded "Alice Neel," a documentary film, by Andrew Neel on the life and work of American portrait painter, Alice Neel.
The Foundation assisted Checkerboard in producing a 40 minute video on Kiki Smith called “Squatting the Palace: An Installation by Kiki Smith in Venice,” co-directed by Vivien Bittencourt and Vincent Katz.
The Foundation helped fund WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at MOCA Los Angeles in 2006. This exhibit presented the first comprehensive survey of Feminist Art.
The Foundation supported Eva Hesse: Sculpture 1968. Eva Hesse’s brief career anticipated the innovations of the seventies and eighties--installation art, conceptual art, process art and performance art––and her late sculptures have earned a place in the canon of twentieth century art.
The Foundation assisted in funding, Kiki Smith: A Gathering. 1980 – 2005 at the Walker Art Center on display during the spring of 2006.
A keystone element of MASS MoCA’s upcoming major expansion is a 20-year exhibition of new and existing works by Jenny Holzer (b. 1950, Gallipolis, OH). Highly regarded for her unique and conceptually rigorous art focusing on political and social consciousness, her installation in a newly renovated 10,000 square-foot gallery will feature light projections employing poetry. […]
The Barbara Lee Family Foundation proudly supports 53+1=54+1=55. Letter of The Year, a multimedia video/sound, sculptural installation for the 55th Venice Biennale, by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Neil Leonard. Campos-Pons and Leonard have spent over twenty years producing installation artworks that champion cultural understanding, tolerance for differences and a cosmopolitan dialogue as a bridge for better interactions among people.
The Foundation supported an exhibit titled, Tiger by the Tail! Women Artists of India Transforming Culture. The exhibition as a whole brought together the work of 17 Indian women artists, working in sculpture, painting, photography, and video, whose strong, feminist voices provided new models for the empowerment of women.