ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND
ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND features over 130 early and formative works by five artists—Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri—who began their careers in the early 1990s in San Francisco’s Mission District and, by the early aughts, had been identified and celebrated as key members of the so-called Mission School.
Courtesy of Barry McGee
TUESDAY » 11 AM–7 PM
WEDNESDAY–SATURDAY » 11 AM–6 PM
Open until 7:30 pm on lecture nights
The Mission School has garnered cult-like status over the last two decades and is known
for its celebration of social art-making, community, folk art, nostalgia for the obsolete, low- production values, and “street” aesthetics. These attributes are manifest in the artists’ use of found and reclaimed materials, decorative patterning, cartoons, hand lettering, cluster paint- ings, and a crafty immediacy of materials. Mission School artists were strongly influenced by Bay Area Figuration, the Beat movement, Funk art, and punk.
The exhibition connects work and ephemera produced at the beginning of the artists’ careers, much of which has remained in their personal or peer collections, with vibrant new work created for this show.
ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND will travel to Grey Art Gallery, New York University, April 15–July 12, 2014.
ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND is made possible by the generosity of donors and sponsors.
Steve and Maribelle Leavitt
Nancy and Joachim Bechtle
Roselyne C. Swig