No. 531: Beverly Semmes, Rubens & Antiquity

Episode No. 531 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Beverly Semmes and curator Jeffrey Spier.

Beverly Semmes is included in “Witch Hunt,” an exhibition that presents how 16 women artists have used feminist, queer, and decolonial strategies to explore gender, power, and the global impacts of patriarchy. It is on view across two venues, the Hammer Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles through January 9.

The JOAN exhibition space in downtown Los Angeles had been scheduled to host “Pool,” a performance and installation developed as a collaboration between Jennifer Minniti and Semmes’ CarWash Collective and Emily Mast on January 9. It has been postponed due to the pandemic. The performance will feature a new collection of CarWash garments based on Semmes’ Feminist Responsibility Project. In New York, Susan Inglett Gallery will show new work from Semmes beginning February 3.

Semmes’s multi-disciplinary work explores the body and its representation. Her work has been the subject of solo shows at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, and more.

On the second segment, Spier discusses “Rubens: Picturing Antiquity,” a Getty Villa exhibition that looks at how Rubens’s work was informed by classical antiquity. It was curated by Anne T. Woollett, Davide Gasparotto, and Spier. It is on view through January 24. The excellent catalogue for the exhibition was published by the Getty. Amazon and Indiebound offer it for $40.

Instagram: Beverly Semmes, Tyler Green.

Air date: January 6, 2022.

Beverly Semmes, Beekeeper, 2012.

Beverly Semmes, Petunia, 2001.

Beverly Semmes, Petunia (detail), 2001.

Beverly Semmes, Yellow Pool, 1993.

Louise Bourgeois, Avenza, 1975.

Lorraine O’Grady, Untitled (Mlle Bourgeoise Noire), 1980-83/2009.

Yayoi Kusama, Horse Play Happening, 1967.

Beverly Semmes, Green Sun, 2020.

Meret Oppenheim, Object, 1936.

Beverly Semmes, Installation view of Red Pots and Crystal Chandeliers.

Beverly Semmes, Watching Her Feat, 2000.

Beverly Semmes, Swiss Eleven, 2011.

Beverly Semmes, Silver Hat, 2021.

Gemma Tiberiana, Roman, ca. 23.

Rubens, The Glorification of Germanicus, 1626.

Rubens Vase, Byzantine, ca. 4thC AD.

Rubens, Two Satyrs, ca. 1617-18.

Cameo with the Triumph of Licinius, Roman, 5thC AD.

Rubens, The Triumph of Licinius, 1622.

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