Shifting the Silence features dynamic works by thirty-two women artists who use the radical language of abstraction to enhance our understanding of the world we inhabit. Named after artist Etel Adnan’s 2020 book about history and existence, Shifting the Silence embraces experimentation, impermanence, and subjectivity — bold yet poetic characteristics that mark the art of our time.
Featuring recently acquired works by Firelei Báez, Nairy Baghramian, Liz Hernández, Cinthia Marcelle, Tania Pérez Córdova, Lorna Simpson, and Haegue Yang, the exhibition harnesses their defiant, yet enlightened energy to explore visual culture, the motivations of its practitioners, and its varied influences. This experiential exhibition of art produced over the last quarter-century includes sculpture, photography, textile, video, painting, and time-based installation.
Jennie C. Jones
Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado
Tania Pérez Córdova
R. H. Quaytman
Ursula von Rydingsvard
Presenting support for Shifting the Silence is provided by The Norah and Norman Stone Fund for Exhibitions of Contemporary Art.
Major support is provided by Randi and Bob Fisher, and Diana Nelson and John Atwater.
Generous support is provided by Jim Breyer and Angela Chao, the Bernard and Barbro Osher Exhibition Fund, and Pat Wilson.
Meaningful support is provided by Alka and Ravin Agrawal, Dolly and George Chammas, Roberta and Steve Denning, Oya and Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Agnes Gund, Takeo Obayashi, Katie and Matt Paige, Carlie Wilmans, and Sonya Yu.