In the fall of 2015, the Rose Art Museum presented Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood, an exhibition surveying 25 years of painting by an artist whose work traverses styles, theories, thresholds, and histories, advancing a boldly unique vision for the figurative tradition in painting and the potential relationship of the medium to contemporary culture. While painting has historically been a platform for wild invention and misbehavior, what distinguishes Yuskavage (b. 1962, Philadelphia) is her willingness to merge the refinement and grand tradition of oil painting with the expansive vocabulary of female transgression and empowerment.
The Barbara Lee Family Foundation was pleased to support The Brood—Yuskavage’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States in over 15 years. Opened on September 9, 2015, 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.