Jessica Stockholder to speak Nov. 1

Influential sculptor to present solo show at Laumeier Sculpture Park next spring

Jessica Stockholder, Flooded Chambers Maid, 2009, installation at Madison Square Park, New York. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Jessica Stockholder, director of graduate studies in sculpture at Yale University, will discuss her work for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’ fall Public Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1.

The talk, which is co-sponsored by Laumeier Sculpture Park, is free and open to the public and will take place in Steinberg Hall Auditorium, located near the intersection of Skinker and Forsyth boulevards. A reception for Stockholder will precede the lecture, at 6 p.m.

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One of the most influential American sculptors working today, Stockholder has played a crucial role in expanding the dialogue between sculpture and painting as well as between material form and architectural space.

Her genre-bending multimedia installations employ a wide-ranging aesthetic vocabulary that is idiosyncratic and unmistakably her own, including everything from household furniture and plastic consumer goods to construction materials, bales of hay and skeins of brightly-colored yarn. At the same time, her pieces often include broad swaths of paint that create areas of intense color and delineate relationships to architectural spaces.

Stockholder has exhibited widely in museums and galleries internationally since the 1980s. She has had solo shows at museums including the Dia Center for the Arts and P.S. 1, New York; The Renaissance Society, Chicago; the Power Plant, Toronto; and K20 Kunstsammlung, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf.

Her 2004-05 career survey — Jessica Stockholder, Kissing the Wall: Works, 1988-2003 — was exhibited at the Blaffer Art Gallery at the University of Houston and the Weatherspoon Art Gallery at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including SITE Santa Fe, The Whitney Biennial in New York and Embrace at the Denver Art Museum.

Stockholder’s work is represented in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Current and upcoming projects include a site-specific installation for the Palacio de Cristal of the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; a curated project, titled The Jewel Thief, at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College; and a solo show at the Laumeier Sculpture Park next spring.

Stockholder was born in Seattle in 1959. She studied painting at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and earned a master of fine arts from Yale University.

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