CONTINGENt: drawing and sculpture by Joan Tanner
May 23, 2017 — Sep 16, 2017
Guest Curated by Julien Robson
Over a prolific career, compelled by a “curiosity to engage contradiction” and an impulse to disrupt “assumptions about spatial relations,” Joan Tanner’s art has developed across disciplines to encompasses many media, including painting, photography, video, sculpture, and assemblage. Consistently she has been preoccupied with ideas of history, impermanence, and inconsistency in her exploration of materials and form—and over five decades has created a body of provocative and engaging work that challenges the viewer’s imagination, defying simple categorization. CONTINGENt is an exhibition that surveys a selection of Tanner’s drawings and three dimensional works from the past twenty years. This solo exhibition marks the artist’s first in Louisiana and is guest curated by Julien Robson.
Born in 1935 in Indianapolis, Joan Tanner has lived in Southern California since the mid-1960s. She has consistently exhibited her work since 1968 and has held major exhibitions at Santa Barbara Museum of Art; MCA Santa Barbara (formerly CAF); the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky; the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College, Los Angeles; and Suyama Space in Seattle. Her work is held in many museum collections across the United States.