Artpace San Antonio is pleased to announce our first exhibition of 2021: After Carolee: Tender and Fierce, guest-curated by Annette DiMeo Carlozzi. On view in the Hudson Showroom, After Carolee: Tender and Fierce was conceived for Artpace’s 25th anniversary year to give tribute to one of its most iconic former residents, Carolee Schneemann, and to welcome to Artpace for the first time more than a dozen women artists with Texas ties. In striking and dynamic ways, these artists’ works can be seen in dialog with Schneemann’s artistic legacy.
Carolee Schneemann was an influential and radical visual and performance artist whose long and successful career beginning in the 1960s significantly influenced the trajectory of contemporary art and the possibilities for women working in the cultural realms. Schneemann participated in Artpace’s International Artist-in-Residence program in spring 1999, where she created her renowned work Vesper’s Pool.
After Carolee: Tender and Fierce partners “Carolee’s Room,” a curatorial reflection on Vesper’s Pool and Carolee’s time at Artpace, with a multisensory exhibition of 30 works by a new generation of artists exploring the power and expansiveness of the feminine, a pursuit more urgent now than ever. The exhibition features artists who, like Carolee, work across mediums and platforms, marrying intellectual rigor with deeply empathetic explorations of personal politics and current concerns. Featured artists are Amber Bemak & Nadia Granados, Kristen Cochran, Liss LaFleur, Yuliya Lanina, Beili Liu, Paloma Mayorga, Virginia Lee Montgomery, Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud, Lovie Olivia, SAINTLORRAINE (Britt Lorraine & Kristy Perez), Megan Solis, and Julia Claire Wallace.
Because contemporary art can explore powerful issues, some of the work in this exhibition may not suitable for younger viewers.
This exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of Sarah E. Harte and John S. Gutzler and the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation. Artpace would also like to thank the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation of the San Antonio Area Foundation, and the Texas Commission on the Arts for their ongoing support of Artpace’s exhibitions and programs.