ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Over Time, We’re Left with the Best: Helen Frankenthaler Late Works, 1990–2003
Stitzer Family Gallery
Over Time, We’re Left with the Best: Helen Frankenthaler Late Works, 1990–2003 will be the first museum presentation dedicated to the exploration of works from Helen Frankenthaler’s late life, featuring approximately 22 works on paper dating from 1990 to 2003—some measuring over 6 feet. The exhibition is curated by Douglas Dreishpoon, Director of the Helen Frankenthaler Catalogue Raisonne and Chief Curator Emeritus of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, with loans from the collection of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. Read more.
Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011), whose career spanned six decades, has long been recognized as one of the greatest American artists of the 20th century. She was eminent among the second generation of postwar American abstract painters and is widely credited for playing a pivotal role in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting. Read more.
In partnership with the Judy Dworin Performance Project, and the Frankenthaler Foundation the NBMAA will present ColorFields, inspired by the late work of abstract expressionist painter
Currently a work in progress, ColorFields embodies JDPP’s signature artistry, interpreting visual image and spoken word through the vocabulary of dance and movement. ColorFields is a deep exploration into Helen Frankenthaler’s work and process to bring her inspirations and creative choices to life for audiences to ponder. Helen Frankenthaler’s pioneering use of color, the centrality of the improvisational moment in her work, and her inspiration in nature are key touchstones for JDPP’s founder and artistic director, Judy Dworin.
JDPP and NBMAA, in cooperation with the Frankenthaler Foundation, are inviting their members and supporters to witness and engage in the creative development of ColorFields through a yearlong series of open rehearsals, project updates, and in-progress showings, both live and through social media. These developmental milestones will lead to a final performance hosted by NBMAA in late spring 2021.
Over Time, We’re Left with the Best: Helen Frankenthaler Late Works, 1990–2003 is part of 2020/20+ Women @ NBMAA presented by Stanley Black and Decker with additional support provided by Bank of America.