Louise Lawler

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

For the second installment in the Museum of Fine Art’s ongoing “Connections” series, wherein various artists are invited to organize installations based on their personal selections from the institution’s collection, Louise Lawler chose to present a collection of thimbles and a selection of still-life paintings along with her own photographs and placards. With the assistance of museum curators, a staff photographer, and two NEA interns, Lawler mounted four room-size installations. Repainting the gallery walls pink, ivory, and white, she juxtaposed the various found objects with photographs and carefully worded text, drawing subtle attention to the conditions affecting the collection and display of art. By recontextualizing and appropriating historical as well as contemporary images associated with the presentation of art, Lawler points to underlying mechanisms that sustain cultural authority.

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