Barbara Kasten: Stages is the first major survey of the work of artist Barbara Kasten. Widely recognized for her photographs, since the 1970s Kasten has developed her expansive practice through the lens of many different disciplines, including sculpture, painting, theater, textile, and installation. Spanning her nearly five-decade engagement with abstraction, light, and architectonic form, this exhibition situates Kasten’s practice within current conversations around sculpture and photography. Kasten’s interest in the interplay between three- and two-dimensional forms, her engagement with staging and the role of the prop, her cross-disciplinary process, and her new approaches to abstraction and materiality are all intensely relevant to the present artistic moment, resulting in a new generation of artists who have drawn inspiration from Kasten’s aesthetic and method.
Kasten’s work has roots in the unique and provocative intersection of Bauhaus-influenced pedagogy in the US, the California Light and Space movement, and postmodernism. Taking its cue from the multiple ways in which Kasten herself has staged her work, both in the studio and on site, the exhibition makes links between her more well-known photographic series of studio constructions and architectural interventions and her earliest fiber sculptures, mixed media works, cyanotype prints, and forays into set design. In addition, Kasten will create a new site-specific installation in the ICA galleries.
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Organized by Alex Klein, the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Program Curator. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication that includes a biography of the artist, new scholarly essays by the curator as well as by art historians Alex Kitnick and Jenni Sorkin, and a conversation between Kasten and artist Liz Deschenes.
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Opening and Walkthrough: Winter 2015Kasten Considered: Materials and Margins, with Sarah Crowner, Christine Poggi, and Jenni SorkinCritical Dialogues: Melissa Meyer at Tyler School of ArtKasten Considered: Postmodernism in the Present, Peter Shire and Martino Gamper in conversation Kasten in Context: New Peers: Barbara Kasten in conversation with David Hartt, Takeshi Murata, and Sara VanDerBeekCoffee & ConversationCoffee and Conversation: Sound in Space, Sound from SpaceCoffee & Conversation: Collaborative PedagogyCoffee & Conversation: Ghosts of ModernismSpring Opening Celebration and WalkthroughBook Launch: Barbara Kasten: Stages at Bortolami Gallery, New YorkICA Awarded PCAH Project Grant Season Preview: Winter exhibitions open Wednesday, February 4Barbara Kasten: Stages preview in ArtforumPreorder Barbara Kasten: Stages and Traces in the Dark exhibition catalogues now!Limited edition, vintage, signed Barbara Kasten posters available nowBarbara Kasten: Stages receives widespread critical acclaim in Aesthetica, Artforum, Art in America, BOMB, and more“Filled with meaning and beauty”—Penn student Caroline Simon reflects on her ICA summer internshipHyperallgeric: “Barbara Kasten’s Slippery Analog Photography”2014–15 ExhibitionsBarbara Kasten: Stages