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Surface/Depth: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro -  Museum of Arts and Design  •   New York, NY
March 22, 2018 - September 9, 2018

The concept of decorative has been historically marginalized as ornament, pattern, or craft, decoration and often looked at as mere surface, an attractive object with no underlying depth or meaning. Within the context of the women’s art movement in the early 1970s, artist Miriam Schapiro reinvented the decorative through a new type of work that she came to describe as “femmage,” which is a combination of feminine and collage. It is a hybrid that was inspired by women’s domestic arts and handicrafts. Schapiro’s objective is to work with the decorative to transform how we look at materials, processes, and styles that are associated with the medium of craft, women’s experience at home, forms of practices like embroidery, crochet, paper crafts, and even decoupage as legitimately artistic. The exhibition features 29 collage paintings by the artist in conversation with 28 works by nine contemporary artists.

Curated tour: April 24, 2018 from 6 - 7 pm

Venue Info:
Museum of Arts and Design
Jerome and Simona Chazen Building 
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
(212) 299-7777