Sheila Hicks in 'In a Cloud, in a Wall, in a Chair: Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury', Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

6 September 2019 – 12 January 2020


This exhibition unites for the first time the pioneering work of six artists and designers: Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Sheila Hicks, Clara Porset, and Cynthia Sargent. 


Inspired by both local traditions and modern methods, these women made art that reflected and contributed to Mexico’s rich artistic landscape at the height of the modern period. Their work—which included furniture design, jewellery, photography, photomurals, prints, sculpture, and textiles—was rooted in modernism and grounded in abstraction. This constellation of like-minded practitioners shared an affinity for Mexico, a country all lived in or visited between the 1940s and the 1970s. In bringing their works together, this exhibition offers an entirely new lens on modernism in Mexico.


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