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Sep 19, 2018, 6PM–7PM

Curator-Led Tour: Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison

Ree Morton, The Plant That Heals May Also Poison, 1974. Five lightbulbs, enamel and glitter on wood and celastic. 46x64 inches. FWA – Lieve Van Gorp Foundation for Women Artists. © Estate of Ree Morton. Courtesy Alexander and Bonin, New York.

Join Laporte Associate Curator Kate Kraczon for an in-depth tour of Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison.

Though the eclectic arc of Morton’s practice was rooted in Postminimalism, a poetic approach to language and symbolism progressively distanced her work from easy categorization in the early to mid-1970s. Her inclusion of personal narrative—through literary, philosophical, and autobiographical references—along with use of bold color and theatrical imagery, infused these objects with sly humor and a prescient concern with the decorative, generating a feminist legacy increasingly appreciated in retrospect.

Morton’s short but prolific career was profoundly shaped by her time in Philadelphia, where she attended graduate school and taught for several years. A key sculptural work, Sister Perpetua’s Lie, was created for a 1973 ICA exhibition and will be on view in this retrospective, along with other rarely seen installations.


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