No. 436: Ebony G. Patterson, Hedda Sterne

Episode No. 436 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Ebony G. Patterson and art historian Shaina Larrivee.

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is showing “Ebony G. Patterson… while the dew is still on the roses…”, a survey of work Patterson has made over the last decade. The exhibition originated at the Perez Art Museum Miami, and was curated by Tobias Ostrander. The exhibition is on view at the Nasher through July 12. The exhibition catalogue was published by DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $30.

Patterson’s installations, tapestries, videos and sculptures wield beauty to address disenfranchised communities, violence, masculinity and the impacts of colonialism. “… while the dew” especially examines her consideration of gardens. Patterson’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Bermuda National Gallery, and more.

Patterson was previously a guest on The MAN Podcast’s monuments-and-memorials program in May 2019.

On the second segment, Hedda Sterne Foundation director Shaina Larrivee discusses “Hedda Sterne: Imagination & Machine” at the Des Moines Art Center. The exhibition, which was curated by DMAC’s Jared Ledesma, features work informed by John Deere tractor parts that Fortune magazine commissioned from Sterne in 1961. It is on view through April 15. Larrivee wrote the essay in the exhibition’s brochure.

Air date: March 12, 2020.

Installation View of “… buried again to carry on growing…,” by Ebony G. Patterson at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.

Installation View of “… buried again to carry on growing…,” by Ebony G. Patterson at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.

Ebony G. Patterson, Untitled (220 clitorises), 2008.

Ebony G. Patterson, Entourage, 2010.

Ebony G. Patterson. Untitled Species VIII (Ruff)…, 2012.

Ebony G. Patterson, The Observation The Bush Cockerel Project, A Fictitious Historical Narrative (still), 2012.

Ebony G. Patterson, The Passing (Dead Daadi), installation view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, 2010-13.

Ebony G. Patterson, Dead Tree in a Forest…, 2013.

Ebony G. Patterson, …found among the reeds-Dead Treez… (detail), 2015.

Ebony G. Patterson, …she saw things she shouldn’t have… (with artist-designed wallpaper), 2018.

Ebony G. Patterson, …a pale horse weeps in silence… for those who bear bare witness, 2018.

Hedda Sterne, Six Cylinder Engine, 1961.

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