State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, at Crystal Bridges Museum
Last October, Kirk Crippens received an ambiguous email request for a studio visit from the president of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Don Bacigalupi, and Curator Chad Alligood. At the time Crippens didn’t know what they were up to. It wasn’t until February that he discovered the reason for their visit, when he read a front page article in the New York Times about an exhibition Crystal Bridges was putting together.
A few months later Crystal Bridges had not only chosen sixteen photographs to be part of the exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, but also wanted to collect Crippens’ entire portfolio of 41 prints: Foreclosure, USA.
|Kirk Crippens, Neighborhood, (part of Foreclosure USA), currently in the gallery|
The Crystal Bridges website describes the show as "the ultimate road trip, to a thousand destinations, for one unforgettable exhibition. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s curatorial team hit the road to investigate what’s happening in American art today. Over the course of a year, the team logged more than 100,000 miles, crisscrossing the United States.
The journey began with a series of conversations with colleagues, curators, gallery owners, critics, and collectors who helped to generate a list of 10,000 artists. After narrowing the list, the Crystal Bridges team began making studio visits to 1,000 artists, all in search of the most compelling American art being created today.
The Museum sought to discover artists whose work has not yet been fully recognized on a national level. The result of this unprecedented journey is a one-of-a-kind exhibition that draws from every region of the US, offering an unusually diverse and nuanced look at American art. The exhibition will examine the myriad ways in which today’s artists are informed by the past and engaging deeply with issues relevant to our times.
State of the Art Discovering American Art Now, brings together the work of more than 100 artists in an unprecedented exploration of the power of today’s American art."
The SFMOMA Artists Gallery has a number of Crippens’ photographs on display until August 21st, 2014. The photographs, from his series Portraitlandia are a break from the more weighty subject of foreclosure, capturing “the most interesting, iconic people” in Portland.
|Kirk Crippens, Mary Kozlov, (part of Portlandia), currently on display in the gallery|
The image above is part of the exhibit:
"How the Light Gets In: Bay Area Photo"
July 19 - August 21, 2014
SFMOMA Artists Gallery at Fort Mason
Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Boulevard, Building A
San Francisco, CA 94123
Tuesday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
|Kirk Crippens, Tracts, (part of Foreclosure USA), currently in the gallery|
|Kirk Crippens, Thank You, (part of Foreclosure USA)|
|Kirk Crippens, Curtain Rod, (part of Foreclosure USA)|