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Nancy Spero: Paper Mirror

March 31 – June 23, 2019

MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1 will present a major survey of the work of artist and activist Nancy Spero (American, 1926–2009). A celebrated figure in the cultural life of New York City, Spero produced a radical body of work that confronted oppression and inequality while challenging the aesthetic orthodoxies of contemporary art. Among the first feminist artists, Spero drew on archetypal representations of women from diverse cultures and times in an attempt to reframe history itself from a perspective that she termed “woman as protagonist.” Organized by Julie Ault, Paper Mirror brings together more than 100 works made over six decades in the first major museum exhibition in the U.S. since the artist’s death, on view from March 31 through June 23, 2019. The exhibition is currently on view at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City through February 17, 2019.

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Nancy Spero. Male Bomb I. 1966
. Gouache and ink on paper
. 86.4 x 68.6 cm (34 x 27 inches). © 2019 The Nancy Spero and Leon Golub Foundation for the Arts/Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY, courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Photo: Christopher Burke Studio

Nancy Spero. The Goddess Nut II. 1990
. Handprinting and printed collage on paper. Five panels: 213.4 x 279.4 cm (7 feet x 9 feet, 2 inches) overall. © 2019 The Nancy Spero and Leon Golub Foundation for the Arts/Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY, courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Photo: Michael Bodycomb

 

Nancy Spero. Nightmare Figures II. 1961
. Oil on canvas
. 129.5 x 160 cm (51 x 63 inches). © 2019 The Nancy Spero and Leon Golub Foundation for the Arts/Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY, courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Photo: Christopher Burke Studio

Nancy Spero. Body Count. 1974
. Handprinting and gouache collage on paper. 20.3 x 25.4 cm (8 x 10 inches)
. © 2019 The Nancy Spero and Leon Golub Foundation for the Arts/Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY, courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Photo: Christopher Burke Studio

Nancy Spero. Sheela-Na-Gig. 1991. Handprinted collage on paper. 64.8 x 47 cm (25.5 x 18.5 inches). © 2019 The Nancy Spero and Leon Golub Foundation for the Arts/Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY, courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Photo: Christopher Burke Studio

Nancy Spero. Artemis, Goddess and Centaur. 1983. Handprinting on paper
. 71.1 x 50.8 cm (28 x 20 inches). © 2019 The Nancy Spero and Leon Golub Foundation for the Arts/Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY, courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Photo: Christopher Burke Studio