Alessandra Expósito (American, b. 1970)
Trixie, 2006
Mixed media on chicken skull, 3 x 1 x 2 ¼ in.
Collection of David and Sandra Joys
Photo by Paul Mutino

Ellen Gallagher (b. Providence, RI, 1965)
Glister, 2010
Oil, pencil and paper on canvas, 24 × 24 in.
Private Collection, Greenwich, CT
Photo by Tom Powel Imaging

Nancy Dwyer (American, b. 1954)
Food, 2012
Reconfigured galvanized metal trash cans, 30 x 105 x 21 in., Edition of 2
Collection of Emily Fisher Landau, AMART LLC, FL 1290
Image courtesy the artist and Sandra Gering Inc.

Jenny Saville
The Mothers, 2011
Oil and charcoal on canvas, 106 5/16 x 86 5/8 in.
Collection of Lisa and Steven Tananbaum
© Jenny Saville
Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery

Karin Davie (b. Toronto, Canada, 1965)
Interior Ghosts #12, 2001
Oil on linen, 72 x 60 in.
Collection of Ann and Argyris Vassiliou
Photo by Zindman-Fremont, NYC ©2001
© Karin Davie

Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collections

September 24, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Generously underwritten by the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, Conneticut Office of the Arts, First Republic Bank, and Withers Bergman. 

Only yesterday, it seems, one was hard-pressed to name more than a handful of successful women artists; now the list would be extensive, and the choices rich and varied. Although numerous recent exhibitions have featured women’s art, scant attention has been paid to the collecting of art created by women. In fact, private collections are in the process of being dramatically transformed. Greenwich and nearby communities in Fairfield and Westchester counties are home to a number of the finest contemporary collections, and thus to some of the most exciting art being made today.

Her Crowd will offer the rare opportunity to see what some of America’s most influential collectors of contemporary art consider beautiful, important, and compelling.

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Themes specific to women continue to be of significance:

  • motherhood, food, sexuality; beauty and its discontents
  • stereotypes of femininity and their undoing 
  • intersections of gender and race 

Equally important for Her Crowd is the current powerful resurgence of abstraction in its myriad forms:

  • minimalist patterning
  • expressive mark-making
  • painterly exuberance 

Numerous artists represented in the show traffic in unexpected collisions— 

  • of the second and third dimension
  • of the carefully crafted and the found object
  • of the concrete and the immaterial  

Featuring works by artists from established figures to brilliant newcomers, the exhibition includes remarkable pieces by

  • Yayoi Kusama
  • Kiki Smith
  • Betye Saar
  • Annie Lapin
  • Margaret Lee 
  • Carol Bove
  • Dana Schutz
  • Jessica Stockholder
  • Jenny Saville 
  • Tara Donovan
  • and others 

Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collections will offer a glimpse into the exciting interchange between contemporary artists and their passionate collectors.

The exhibition is co-curated by Kenneth E. Silver, New York University Professor of Modern Art and Bruce Museum Adjunct Curator of Art, and Mia Laufer, PhD candidate (Washington University in Saint Louis) and Bruce Museum Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow. 

It will be accompanied by a fully illustrated scholarly catalogue and educational programming including a lecture series, film series, and an audio guide.