Now On View: Louise McCagg, Past and Present


We are honored to host Louise McCagg, Past and Present a retrospective exhibition of works by acclaimed artist, Louise McCagg featuring sculpture, books, and drawings produced between 1983 and 2013.

Please join us for a reception with the artist on Thursday, September 18 from 5-7 p.m. (held in conjunction with the Joseloff Gallery opening of Somewhere Between Creation and Destruction.)

Louise McCagg is a sculptor living and and working in New York City. Her work has been shown throughout the United States and internationally and is, as she describes, “classical in method and contemporary in its political and social inquiry”.

Living in Budapest, Hungary during the 1960s, Louise was influenced by the political culture of Eastern Europe. While there, Louise met and worked with several Hungarian artists with whom she has had an on-going connection.

After moving back to the United States, Louise received her M.F.A. from Michigan State University and later built two geodesic domes to serve as her studio and foundry. Working there for twelve years, she created many life-size sculptures and produced several commissions for public artworks.

Louise moved to New York in the 1980s and developed her own system of casting. Constantly improving upon her process, she began to manipulate forms by reducing her molds. The resulting heads and masks maintain the unique qualities of the individual, while showing the commonality between diverse cultures.

In 2009, at the Venice Biennale, Louise participated in a multi-media project by Hungarian filmmaker Peter Forgács, which was presented in the Hungarian Pavilion. The following year Louise collaborated with the South African artist Senzeni Marasela in a performance and exhibition that took place at A.I.R. Gallery in New York, NY. Louise has also collaborated with the Fisher Ensemble from Seattle, WA. Their most recent collaboration has been “Moon in the Bucket” performed at The Judson Memorial Church in New York, NY.

Solo exhibitions have included Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT; Center for Integrative Studies, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY; SculptureCenter, New York, NY; Nippon Kan Theatre, Seattle, WA; Petöfi Museum of Literature, Budapest, Hungary; King Saint Stephen Museum, Budapest, Hungary; and Westwerk, Hamburg, Germany.

Her artist books are in the collections of The New York Public Library, New York, NY; Yale University Library, New Haven, CT; University of California, Santa Barbara, CA; Stanford University, Stanford, CA; Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN; University of California Library, San Diego, CA; Petöfi Museum of Literature, Budapest, Hungary; and National Széchenyi Library, Budapest, Hungary.

The exhibition will be on view September 8-30, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 5-7 p.m.


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