Don’t Miss Exhibitions by Ruth Asawa and Lola Alvarez Bravo Opening this Week at The Pulitzer

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Pulitzer Arts Foundation will open its newest exhibitions on Sept. 14, featuring works by artists Ruth Asawa and Lola Alvarez Bravo. Asawa and Alvarez Bravo’s shows, titled “Life’s Work” and “Picturing Mexico,” respectively, reflect a robust perspective of each artists’ practice.

“Life’s Work” includes 80 works–60 sculptures and 20 drawings–and encompasses a great deal of Asawa’s practice, in which she included materials such as looped wire, tied wire, cast works and more that, according to a press release, reflect her contributions to the field of modern and contemporary sculpture. For “Picturing Mexico,” the Pulitzer Foundation has selected 50 photographs from Alvarez Bravo’s oeuvre. Noted as one of Mexico’s pioneering woman photographers, the photographs on display will focus on her practice from the 1930s to the 1940s, in which she photographed portraits of other artists–some of the most famed being Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera–as well as photographs with more abstract compositions. Both “Life’s Work” and “Picturing Mexico” will include catalogues published my Yale University Press including works by each artist and essays by the exhibitions curators, Tamara H. Schenkenberg and Stephanie Weissberg, as well as other scholars, curators and historians.


In addition to its opening-night reception, the Pulitzer has invited Emma Lanier—Asawa’s granddaughter–to perform a solo dance, titled “Anagma,” among Asawa’s sculptures on Sept. 15. According to a press release, Lanier sought her grandmother’s works after experiencing an injury that altered her identity as a dancer.

“Life’s Work” and “Picturing Mexico” will be on display until Feb. 16, 2019.

All photos courtesy of Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Featured photo by Ruth Asawa. Photo within post by Lola Alvarez Bravo.

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