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Armory Center for the Arts and The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College in Claremont, CA are pleased to announce the largest museum survey to date of the work of artist Alison Saar. Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe opens Friday, July 16 through Sunday, December 12, 2021 at the Armory, and is open now and runs through Sunday, December 19 at the Benton. It includes 29 of the artist’s multi-media and mixed installation works in one exhibition installed across the two venues. This exhibition spans the broad spectrum of Saar’s career, from her sculptures of the early 1980s to a new installation, Hygiea, to be unveiled at the Armory and the large-scale, site-specific commission Imbue, installed at the Benton in the summer of 2020. Both venues require an appointment to view the exhibition; appointments to the Armory may be made here and to the Benton here. Admission is free.
Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe—one exhibition at two venues—surveys Saar’s sculptures and installations. With her use of distinctive forms and materials, Saar creates powerful figurative sculptures that activate histories and legacies of survival. The Armory will showcase Saar’s female figures that suggest elements of fire, air, and aether, while the Benton will highlight work that emphasizes grounded, earthly, and watery qualities.
Reservations at the Armory
Fridays 4:00pm to 8:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00am to 3:00pm by appointment. Appointments available soon.
Online reservations available starting July 6. To make an appointment, visit: armoryarts.org/saar
Related Public Programs
Alison Saar will be in conversation with exhibition curators Irene Georgia Tsatsos and Rebecca McGrew on Thursday, July 15, from 6-7pm PST, via Zoom. Click here to RSVP.
The Armory is working with Alison Saar to recreate a public engagement, Catfish Dreamin', which will feature five online short films on themes of water and California waterways by Saar and others, along with a temporary outdoor sculpture in front of the Armory. Originally commissioned by The Contemporary in Baltimore in 1992, Catfish Dreamin' first consisted of a house-like structure with a hand-carved six-foot catfish mounted on a pickup truck, which traveled around the greater Baltimore area to sites where crowds gathered, such as parks, festivals, and schools. The piece was inspired by the history of Baltimore's "arabbers," the African-American fishmongers and fruit/vegetable sellers who would sell their wares from horse-drawn carts on the street, gathering customers with the call of their familiar song. In response to pandemic safety requirements, the themes and images of the original version are being transformed into a safe and engaging alternative format.