previews

  • “Nicole Eisenman: Sturm und Drang”

    The Contemporary Austin | Jones Center
    700 Congress Avenue
    February 27–August 16, 2020

    Curated by Heather Pesanti

    With each exhibition, Nicole Eisenman, our radical lesbian Jim Henson, births a band of soothsayer humanoids—sapient critters and doofus sages who immediately take up residence in my brain. A centerpiece of this show of nearly forty works is Eisenman’s Procession, 2019, the ensemble of sculptures that debuted at last year’s Whitney Biennial. I imagine this troupe of apocalyptic misfits stumbling off the Whitney’s balcony and initiating a cross-country odyssey, propelled by a trail of fracking farts as they bumble through Texas’s vast red flesh. Destination: the blue beauty mark of Austin. There, they’ll join forces with others from Eisenman’s fantastical cast—some old, some new, some two-dimensional, some three-: the Lone Star State made less lonely by this welcome infiltration of Eisenman’s offspring.