PLACES OF FREEDOM AND CONTAINMENT

October 1 – December 3, 2022
Opening reception: Friday, September 30

Places of Freedom and Containment is a new exhibition organized by Charlotta Kotik, the third iteration of Moore’s Visiting Curators Initiative, a program that engages curators interested in bringing their vision to The Galleries at Moore, a hub for contemporary art and creative exploration in the heart of Philadelphia. 

Kotik's project incorporates the work of four women artists who explore relationships to/with/in various locations—often places of origin—and the formal and psychological impact of such places on their creative practices. They illuminate intricacies of urban design as well as individual domiciles, all having an immense impact on society’s functionality. These unique perspectives explore how cross-cultural gender roles can be employed to create more enriching environments and offers a multicultural examination of urban and domestic spaces through art. Artists in the exhibition include Rehab El Sadek, an Egyptian-born artist of Sudanese ancestry who works at the intersection of conceptual art, architecture and language; Sara Jimenez, a Filipinx-Canadian multidisciplinary artist who explores transcultural memories; Shervone Neckles, an interdisciplinary artist of Afro-Caribbean origin who integrates themes of identity and immigration into her work; and Kara Rooney, an American multidisciplinary artist living in Mexico City who uses architectural forms and spatial perception to pay “homage to architectural spaces that house our sense of cultural and personal identity.”

VISIONARY WOMEN: JANET BIGGS & JOYCE J. SCOTT

October 1 – December 3, 2022

This exhibition brings together the work of two women whose practices demonstrate a unique mastery of materials. Janet Biggs is a research-based, interdisciplinary artist known for her immersive work in video, film and performance. Biggs’ work focuses on individuals in extreme landscapes or situations, navigating the territory between art, science and technology. Joyce J. Scott explores the ways in which art can be used to influence change through sculpture, weaving, printmaking, and performance. Much of Scott’s work reflects her experiences as a woman living, thriving, and creating in Baltimore—a city stricken with poverty but also a city full of rich cultural history. Scott’s labor- and time-intensive beadwork results in intricate and intimate pieces that serve as a commentary on issues around feminism, race, politics, stereotypes, sexism, and spirituality.

Image at top: Janet Biggs

PLAN A SAFE VISIT

We are open! No masks are necessary, but we ask guests to try their best to follow social distancing procedures during their visit to campus.

Our gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 11am-5pm. No reservation needed—walk-ins welcome!

Your visit will be self-guided through our four main gallery spaces on the ground floor.  You'll notice additional sanitizing stations throughout the facilities, along with an increase in housekeeping activities on campus, in an effort to promote healthy spaces.

RINGS!

Since the time of the ancient Egyptians, humans have adorned their fingers with ornamental jewelry. From signifying one's marital status to protecting the wearer from forces of evil, rings have served practical, symbolic and decorative purposes throughout history and across cultures. On view June 5 - July 17, 2021 RINGS! offered a glimpse into the boundless creative freedom revealed within the ring form. Featuring work from Australia, Austria, England, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States, this international selection brings together over one hundred rings that demonstrate the artists’ wide-ranging expressions through a variety of aesthetic and conceptual ideas. From the traditional techniques of metalsmithing to avant-garde materials and approaches, the rings on view will offer a new examination of the cultural, political, and personal meanings of the ring itself. RINGS! was organized by Helen Drutt and researched by Elizabeth Essner with assistance from Colleen Terrell. Image: Stacey Lee Webber (American b. 1982) and Mark Wagner (American, b. 1976), "Vampire George Ring," 2019, vintage silver quarters, brass, paper dollars, ink. Collection of the artist.

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