Betty Woodman in "With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972-1985" at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
October 27, 2019 through May 11, 2020
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
This ambitious exhibition, curated by Anna Katz, brings together American artists associated with the Pattern and Decoration movement in the first such comprehensive and scholarly survey. The exhibition showcases painting, sculpture, collage, ceramics, installation and performance which embraced craft-based and decorative traditions and approached art-making from a sometimes dizzying appreciation of historic sources and feminist aesthetics.The exhibition includes works by several artists only loosely tied to P & D including Betty Woodman’s breakthrough wall-based sculptures made in the late 1970s and early 1980s which consider function and the decoration historically connected to ceramics as their subject matter.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.