No. 270: Lorna Simpson

Episode No. 270 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Lorna Simpson.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is showing “FOCUS: Lorna Simpson” through Jan. 15, 2017. The exhibition features new work that juxtaposes beauty and promise with disaster and upheaval, often in the context of the representation of black women in Ebony magazine from the 1950s to the 1970s. It was curated by Alison Hearst.

Simpson was also included in “The Uses of Photography: Art, Politics, and the Re-invention of a Medium” which just closed at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. “The Uses of Photography” examines artists affiliated with the University of California, San Diego as faculty and students between the 1960s and 1980s and the ways in which they opened photography to a range of conceptual strategies and subjects. Simpson earned her MFA at UCSD. “The Uses of Photography” was curated by Jill Dawsey. Simpson’s work is now on view at MCASD’s downtown location in “Dimensions of Black: A Collaboration with the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art.” It’s up through April 30.

Lorna Simpson has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Jeu de Paume, Paris, the Brooklyn Museum, the Walker Art Center, the Studio Museum in Harlem, MOCA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She was included in Documenta 8 and 11 and in the 44th and 56th Venice Biennales.

Air date: Jan. 5, 2017.

Lorna Simpson, Famous Statue, 2013.

Lorna Simpson, Famous Statue, 2013.

Lorna Simpson, Famous Statue Damn, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Famous Statue Damn, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Famous Statue Volcano, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Famous Statue Volcano, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Shift, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Shift, 2016.

Frederic Church, The Icebergs, 1861.

Frederic Church, The Icebergs, 1861.

Lorna Simpson, Head on Ice #1, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Head on Ice #1, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Head on Ice #2, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Head on Ice #2, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Head on Ice #3, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Head on Ice #3, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Head on Ice #4, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Head on Ice #4, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Three Figures, 2014.

Lorna Simpson, Three Figures, 2014.

Frederic Church, Niagara Falls, 1857.

Frederic Church, Niagara Falls, 1857.

Lorna Simpson, Polka Dot & Bullet Holes #2, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Polka Dot & Bullet Holes #2, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Black Nebula, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Black Nebula, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Enumerated, 2016.

Lorna Simpson, Enumerated, 2016.

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