SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 23, 2017) — The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will present two solo exhibitions this year through its New Work series, an integral part of the museum’s commitment to debuting work by living artists. This spring, New Work: Park McArthur will be Park McArthur’s first solo museum presentation. This fall, New Work: Kerry Tribe will premiere an SFMOMA commission by Kerry Tribe in her first solo exhibition at a major U.S. museum.
New Work: Park McArthur
On view April 1–August 27, 2017
New Work: Park McArthur, the artist’s first solo museum presentation, will examine the materials and processes frequently associated with monuments, memorials and museums, and explore personal and social relationships with a building or place of congregation. The exhibition will feature new and existing work that draws from the granite and wood of SFMOMA’s building, and includes photographs of informal gathering sites such as picnic tables in a public park. The marks and signs used at these spaces question the connections — casual, recreational, ceremonial — that bind stone and wood to site, and people and locations to time.
“McArthur works with and through the social conditions of dependency, often in relation to care and access. In this exhibition, she considers the relationships among sites of commemoration and the materials associated with them,” said Jenny Gheith, assistant curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA. “By exposing and subverting the frameworks of control and power in the built environment, McArthur questions a system that conflates signage with remembrance.”
Major support for New Work: Park McArthur is provided by SFMOMA’s Contemporaries. Generous support for the New Work series is provided by Alka and Ravin Agrawal, Adriane Iann and Christian Stolz and Robin Wright and Ian Reeves.
About Park McArthur
Park McArthur was born in 1984 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and currently lives and works in New York. She holds a BA from Davidson College and an MFA from the University of Miami. She attended the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art and studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. McArthur has had solo exhibitions at Chisenhale Gallery, London; Lars Friedrich, Berlin; Yale Union, Portland, Oregon; ESSEX STREET, New York; and Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels. Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions at institutions including the Walker Art Center, The Jewish Museum and MoMA PS1, and her work will be on view in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. She recently co-curated Beverly Buchanan — Ruins and Rituals at the Brooklyn Museum with Jennifer Burris.