No. 567: Rose B. Simpson, George Masa

Episode No. 567 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Rose B. Simpson and author Brent Martin.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston is showing “Rose B. Simpson: Legacies,” an exhibition of 14 sculptures Simpson has made over the last eight years. It was curated by Jeffrey De Blois and is on view through January 29, 2023.

Rose B. Simpson is included in two other New England presentations: her Counterculture is installed at Field Farm, a Trustees property in Williamstown, Mass.; and in “Ceramics in the Expanded Field,” at MASS MoCA. Counterculture was organized by Jamilee Lacy and will be on view through April 30, 2023. “Ceramics,” which is up until early March 2023, was curated by Susan Cross.

This fall The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia will feature “Rose B. Simpson: Dream House.” The exhibition opens October 7.

Across ceramic sculpture, performance, installation, and more, Simpson’s work addresses ideas as far ranging as resistance, apocalypse, spirituality, and automobile design. Museums such as the University of New Mexico Art Museum (Simpson lives in Santa Clara Pueblo), Nevada Museum of Art, the Savannah College of Art and Design’s SCAD Museum of Art, and the Pomona College Museum of Art have all presented solo exhibitions of her work, and Simpson has been in group shows at the Henry Art Gallery, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Denver Museum of Art, and plenty more.

From the program:

Martin discusses his new book “George Masa’s Wild Vision,” which was recently published by Hub City Press. Masa was an Asheville, North Carolina-based photographer who had a significant impact on the establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and on determining the Southern route of the Appalachian Trail, the two crown jewels of the eastern United States’ natural infrastructure. Amazon and Indiebound offer the book for around $25.

Air date: September 15, 2022.

Installation view of “Root A” (2019) in “Rose B. Simpson: Legacies” at the ICA Boston.

Rose B. Simpson, Directed South, 2014.

Rose B. Simpson, Tonantzin, 2021.

Rose B. Simpson, Genesis Squared, 2019.

Rose B. Simpson, In Memoriam: Genocide Makes it Complicated, 2019.

Rose B. Simpson, Maria, 2014.

Rose B. Simpson, Counterculture, 2022.

George Masa, Newfound Gap, ca. 1930.

George Masa, Whiteside Mountain Looking Northeast from Satulah Mountain, ca. 1929.

George Masa, Dry Falls, 1929.

George Masa, Mt. Mitchell and Views Along the Mt. Mitchell Motor Road, 1924, p. 2.

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