Milan

Betye Saar, Search for Lost Future, 2015, mixed media, 33 1/8 × 14 1/8 × 16 1/8".

Betye Saar, Search for Lost Future, 2015, mixed media, 33 1/8 × 14 1/8 × 16 1/8".

Milan

“Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer”

Fondazione Prada
Largo Isarco 2
September 15, 2016–January 8, 2017

Curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose

For more than sixty years, the Los Angeles–based artist Betye Saar has steadily produced mixed-media works that recombine diverse cultural forms, spiritual traditions, and everyday icons. Whether Saar is invoking diasporic ritual practices in her talismanic Black Girl’s Window, 1969, or formally undoing the logic of racist kitsch through her ongoing work with mammy figures and figurines, her practice occupies a vital place within histories of assemblage. “Uneasy Dancer,” the artist’s first retrospective in Italy, will feature more than ninety of her assemblages, collages, and installations from the 1960s through the present, focusing on Saar’s contributions to black feminist thought and transnationalist aesthetics. The exhibition will be curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose, whose sophisticated reframing of Carrie Mae Weems’s work in 2010 at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Seville bodes well for viewers hoping to gain a nuanced understanding of Saar’s positioning within an expanded cultural field.