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Throwback Thursday: Recent Monographic Exhibitions by #5WomenArtists

March 9, 2017

Installation view of Kelly Richardson's Mariner 9, 2012, in Kelly Richardson: Legion (2013). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

On the occasion of Women’s History Month, and in conjunction with the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ second annual #5WomenArtists campaign, we’re celebrating the work of women artists at the Albright-Knox. Today we highlight five recent monographic exhibitions focusing on the work of women artists.

Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape (2011–2012) presented 40 photographs that capture the expansive American landscape and the natural and fabricated adaptations that appear throughout it. It was the artist’s first solo exhibition at a major American museum. 

Kelly Richardson: Legion (2013) was a major mid-career survey of Richardson’s audio-visual installation works, including the major three-channel video installation Mariner 9, 2012, in its United States premiere.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Ecologies of Drama (2015–2016) was a selected survey of pioneering Finnish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s moving-image installations, which included the North American premiere of her newest work. 

Erin Shirreff (2016) was the first large-scale US museum survey of this Canadian artist’s work, which mines the network that connects sculpture to its photographic representation. 

Recently, Rosalyn Drexler: Who Does She Think She Is? (2016–2017) was a historic and long-overdue monographic exhibition that celebrated Drexler’s multidisciplinary artistic practice and acknowledged her important contribution to Pop art. 

Victoria Sambunaris (center, left) gives a tour of her exhibition Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Kelly Richardson (center, left) and Godin-Spaulding Senior Curator for the Collection Holly E. Hughes (center, right) give a tour of Kelly Richardson: Legion. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila (left) in conversation with Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director Janne Sirén and Senior Curator Cathleen Chaffee in the Auditorium. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Erin Shirreff (center) with two guests at the Members' Opening for Erin Shirreff. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Also presented during the last five years were Agnes Martin: The New York–Taos Connection (1947–1957) (2013) and Giving up One's Mark: Helen Frankenthaler in the 1960s and 1970s (2014–2015), which are discussed elsewhere in our #5WomenArtists series.