JAC Summer Soirée
Friday, July 12, 2019

2017: WORD Exhibition

Exhibition > 2017: WORD: Text in Contemporary Art

WORD: Text in Contemporary Art  2017

Photo credit Olivia Lecumberry

Curated by our very own Karen Conway

Word explores artists' use of text to convey and emphasize meaning and develop aesthetic. These artists demonstrate that when the use of text is successful, the inherent lines and shapes become part of the art itself. Text has a long history of use in art, dating back to medieval times. The Dada movement was at the forefront of utilizing text in art, and conceptual artists from the 1960s increased its popularity. Today, even with social media saturation, artists continue to embrace the use of text to heighten the message of their work to the point where the words often become the work. This group show features artists from Rhode Island, New York, St. Louis, and beyond, including artwork from Diane BarceloAlexandra BrochesRobin Crocker, Tom Culora, Lesley Dill, Lalla Essaydi, Maira KalmanGayle Wells MandleJessica RosnerScherer and OuporovEdwin Schlossberg, Buzz SpectorMay StevensKevin Veronneau, and work on loan by  Jenny HolzerJoseph KosuthBarbara Kruger and Glenn Ligon.