Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts invites the public to the opening of Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism, on view through September 15, 2018.
6–8 PM – Public Opening Reception
6:30 PM – ARTalk with Sheila Pepe
Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism examines how the artist often plays with feminist and craft traditions to counter patriarchal notions of recognized or accepted forms of art-making. The exhibition is composed of more than 70 works, including the premiere of a site-specific work created exclusively for Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Visitors will experience the spontaneity in Pepe’s immersive structures, sculptural assemblages, and other works in the broadest examination to date of an artist who poses a formidable challenge to conventions of museum display, identity, and craft.
About the exhibition: bemiscenter.org/hotmessformalism
About the artist: sheilapepe.com
Hot Mess Formalism is curated by Gilbert Vicario, The Selig Family Chief Curator, Phoenix Art Museum. The exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and is traveling to several venues accompanied by an illustrated catalog with contributions by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Elizabeth Dunbar, Lia Gangitano, and Gilbert Vicario. The publication was designed by Miko McGinty, Inc. and is distributed by DelMonico Books•Prestel.
Bemis Center's presentation of Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism is sponsored, in part, by Mutual of Omaha, Omaha Steaks, Security National Bank, William Betts, and Dr. Debra Reilly-Culver and Robert Culver, Jr.
Image: Sheila Pepe; After the Williamsburg Bridge, 2003; Shoelaces, industrial rubber bands, and string; 10 x 10 x 11 inches; Installation view, Artists Space, New York, NY; Photo: Cathy Carver; Courtesy the artist.