Anguish: The Grave Misgivings of Remembrance

Institute of Contemporary Art | Maine College of Art

Curated by Cynthia Nourse Thompson, associate professor and director of the MFA programs in Studio Art and Book Arts + Printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Anguish: The Grave Misgivings of Remembrance is a visceral portrait of isolation, desire and remorse. Removed from the shadows, a collection of international artists present a visual dialogue that is strikingly raw and at the surface of our emotional armature—one that we work diligently to prevent illuminating. This imposing presence of fear and loss compounded by images, which while beautiful are laden with sorrow, regret and despondency, and beckon the viewer to pause and reflect on the frailty of contemporary society and the frailty of our own existence. Artists represented in the exhibition include Janine Antoni, Louise Bourgeois, Gail Deery, Nils Ericson, Carson Fox, Markus Hansen, Jenny Holzer, Anders Krisar, Rosemary Laing, Roberto Mannino, Martha McDonald, Oscar Muñoz, Donna Smith and Anna Tsantir. Although these artists confront us with fearful depths lurking beneath our exterior, their images beckon us to fathom its darkness and arise to find strength, clarity and the recognition that without this palpable dimness light would not exist. Within darkness there are moments of great beauty and certainty.

Opening Reception: October 28, 5 – 8 p.m.

Above: "The Weeping Dress" by Martha McDonald, 2011. Hand-cut crepe paper fused to muslin and interfacing, polyester thread, metal fasteners, cotton tape, elastic cord; platform - birch plywood. Dimensions: dress - 67 x 55 inches; platform - 14 x 89 x 89 inches. Photo: Christian Capurro.

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