Radical Repetition: Albers to Warhol, an exhibition drawn from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, opens at the Whatcom Museum Saturday, April 19 and runs through August 17.
Featuring 140 works of art by 34 artists, Radical Repetition examines recurring imagery in art since the 1960s, which has led to unexpected stylistic transformations and reinvigorated content. Although the exhibition concentrates on prints, it also includes some extraordinary works in painting (James Lavadour) and sculpture (Jenny Holzer) that expand this theme. The Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation makes its collections of post-war prints and multiples available to qualifying institutions without exhibition fees.
"I don't know if people realize just what an extraordinary opportunity Jordan Schnitzer and his Family Foundation have presented to us, but works from the many stellar artists represented in this show are not often seen outside major metropolitan areas," said Whatcom Museum Director Patricia Leach.
The show includes works by Josef Albers, who approached the subject of repetition with reverence, influencing a generation of artists when he assumed the chairmanship of the Yale University Art Department. Each print in his series, Homage to the Square (1967) represents an experiment in the optical and psychological effects of color. Later artists, including Sol Lewitt, Dorothea Rockburne, and Donald Judd, innovatively reconfigured geometric forms and redefined its importance for contemporary art. On the opposite end of the spectrum, artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein utilized repetition to interpret popular culture.
With two after-hours events and two Sunday afternoon opportunities, the program lineup offers four great ways to get more out of Radical Repetition:
AHA! Night: Pop Art of Indian Culture — Through a Native Lens
Examining Andy Warhol's Cowboys and Indians and Roy Lichtensein's American Indian Theme series With John Feodorov of Fairhaven College, Thursday, May 22; 6:30-7:30 PM (Lightcatcher)
Everything You Wanted to Know About Printmaking But Were Afraid
With Dillon Gisch and Miranda Metcalf of Seattle's Davidson Galleries, Sunday, June 1; 2-3:30 PM (Old City Hall)
Gallery Tour: Radical Repetition
With curatorial intern Delaney Skordal, Sunday, June 8; 1 PM (Lightcatcher)
AHA! Night: Radical Repetition Print Party
A casual creative workshop — with refreshments! Thursday, June 26; 5:30-7:30 PM (Lightcatcher)
Laura Johanson, Straightup Communication (360) 647-0869/ email@example.com
Rifka MacDonald, Whatcom Museum (360) 778-8939/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Published: April 14, 2014