There is a touch of alchemy to Betye Saar’s artwork: transforming the simple and mundane into powerful art. Since the 1960s, her compelling, astute and expressive works reflect on African- American identity, spirituality and the interconnectedness between different cultures. This timely retrospective brings together recent work as well as historical pieces created over her six decade long career. It is divided into three themes: nostalgia and memory; mysticism and ritual; the political and racial. These multimedia collages, assemblages, sculpture, works on paper, and specifically re-conceived installations demonstrate her commitment to seeing the world change.
Organized by De Domijnen in Sittard, the Netherlands and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
Curated by Roel Arkesteijn, Curator of Contemporary Art in partnership with Sara Cochran, Ph.D., SMoCA Director and Chief Curator.
Sponsored by the Jane A. Lehman and Alan G. Lehman Foundation and Paul Giancola and Carrie Lynn Richardson.
With special thanks to Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California, USA.