Tabernacles for Trying Times
In anticipation of their collaborative exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art, Associate Curator Jaime DeSimone will moderate a conversation with Sheila Pepe (A '94, F '13) and Skowhegan Governor Carrie Moyer (A '95, F '10).
The exhibition will include over 40 works, made both independently and collaboratively, since Sheila and Carrie met at Skowhegan in 1995.
This event is free and open to the public.
About the artists
Carrie Moyer’s sumptuous paintings on canvas explore and extend the legacy of American abstraction while paying homage to artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Elizabeth Murray, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Rife with visual precedents, Moyer’s compositions reference Color Field, Pop Art, and 1970s Feminist art while proposing a new approach to fusing history and experimentation in painting. Moyer co-founded one of the first lesbian public art cooperatives, Dyke Action Machine! (DAM!). DAM! blitzed the streets of New York City with posters to dissect mainstream media by inserting lesbian images into recognizably commercial contexts, revealing how lesbians are depicted in American popular culture.
Sheila Pepe is best known for her fiber-based, site-specific installations that challenge notions of domestic crafts and “women’s work.” These web-like structures intervene in architectural spaces and galleries, creating volumes, lines, and shadows that are subject to the changing conditions of the environments they occupy. Part of Pepe’s commitment to feminist politics is her long-standing engagement with collective making. In 2007 she undertook several ambitious collaborative projects, including Liquid Sky at MoMA PS1. Some of Pepe’s other collaborations have reversed the terms of making and invited collective unmaking. In her Common Sense series, spectators were invited to unravel her textile installations in order to use the materials for their own purposes.
For further information about the exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art, please visit: https://www.portlandmuseum.org/exhibitions/carrie-moyer-and-sheila-pepe