CAA Arts Access Event: Ruth Asawa at David Zwirner Gallery

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CAA Arts Access Event: Ruth Asawa at David Zwirner Gallery

Date and time 
Oct 10, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tour, Exhibition
Visual Arts
Event type 
Arts Access Event


David Zwirner
Between 10th and 11th Avenues
537 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States

Join CAA Arts Access for a private evening exhibition viewing of Ruth Asawa at David Zwirner with our host Carol Finley '83BC, '86LAW, '87BUS, CAA Arts Access Committee member with Jonathan Laib, Director at David Zwirner who will guide us through the exhibition.

Opening on September 13, David Zwirner will present Ruth Asawa's work for the first time since announcing representation of The Estate of Ruth Asawa. The exhibition will bring together a selection of key sculptures, paintings, and works on paper spanning Asawa's influential practice, as well as rare archival materials, including a group of vintage photographs of the artist and her work by Imogen Cunningham. 

Drawn from museum and private collections, the works will include a significant grouping of Asawa's iconic looped wire sculptures, which she began working on during her time at Black Mountain College in the late 1940s. Intricate, dynamic, and sinuous, these remarkable works continue to challenge conventional notions of sculpture through their emphasis on lightness and transparency. In addition, the rarely seen works on paper demonstrate her systematic investigation of materials and her close considerations of the natural world and its forms. By bringing together a broad selection of her work, this presentation will demonstrate the centrality of Asawa's innovative practice to the art-historical legacy of the twentieth century.

About the artist

Born in rural California, Ruth Asawa began to make art while detained in internment camps for Japanese Americans at Santa Anita, California, and Rohwer, Arkansas, where she was sent with her family in 1942-1943. Following her release, she enrolled in Milwaukee State Teachers College, eventually making her way to Black Mountain College in North Carolina in 1946, then known for its progressive pedagogical methods and avant-garde aesthetic milieu. Asawa's time at Black Mountain proved formative in her development as an artist, and she was influenced there in particular by her teachers Josef Albers, Buckminster Fuller, and the mathematician Max Dehn.

For more information, visit the gallery site.