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"A group show that considers the mother, with work by Lutz Bacher, Susan Cianciolo, Sonya Hamilton, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Eliot Porter, Aura Rosenberg, Diane Simpson, Barbara T. Smith, Frances Stark, and Rosemarie Trockel. It will also include new site-specific works by Cathy Wilkes and Anicka Yi, and a performance by Karin Schneider.

This exhibition assents to the mystery and chaos of motherhood. It is made with ambivalence toward coherent ideas of maternity. It is made in reaction to the circumference of saccharine sentimentality and repressive rage that persists in culturally mediated visions of the mother, a circumference that tightens like a noose around the necks of actual women. This show laments the culturally constructed binary of “family vs. career,” while acknowledging the persistence of that obstacle in the lives of artists. I believe there are more irreducible things at stake. This show is all of the places in between, the making-do, the quotidian, the disobedient, the law-abiding, the carnal, the repulsive, the both-and. I made this show with a desire to capture what is true—and not what resembles the truth—in my experience as a mother."

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Lutz Bacher
Susan Cianciolo
Sonya Hamilton
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Eliot Porter
Aura Rosenberg
Diane Simpson
Barbara T. Smith
Frances Stark
Rosemarie Trockel
Cathy Wilkes
Anicka Yi
Karin Schneider


October 10–December 20, 2015



“Mommy,” Artist Parent Index , accessed April 16, 2024,

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