September 19 – December 20, 2020
The exhibition Re-materialize features artists who have built their practices using materials sourced from discarded packaging, personal items, and architectural elements. Works by the Ghanaian-Nigerian artist El Anatsui reflect his career-long interest in the changeability of material culture and the unfixed nature of art. Brooklyn-based sculptor Shari Mendelson creates vessels that glow with the delicate iridescence of glass artifacts from the ancient world, despite the fact that they are made from discarded plastic bottles. Recent pieces by the California-based artist Alison Saar narrate the neglected history of Southern Black communities through experimental printmaking on vintage textile fragments and handkerchiefs. Jackie Milad, a Baltimore-based artist, incorporates elements from earlier works and found graphics into collaged canvases richly laden with symbols relating to her Egyptian and Honduran heritage.