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[BKARTS] Book as Art XIV: Temptations



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2002

Media contact only: Margaret Robe, Ann Greer 202.783.7373

BOOK AS ART XIV: TEMPTATIONS OFFERS SUMPTUOUS INTERPRETATIONS OF HUMAN
DESIRES AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS
MARCH 4, 2002 – JANUARY 5, 2003

Washington, D.C. – The allure of food, love, money, and other permitted and
forbidden pleasures are explored in the exhibition "Book as Art XIV:
Temptations," on view March 4, 2002 – January 5, 2003 at the National Museum
of Women in the Arts’ Library and Research Center.  The 73 paintings,
drawings, and distinctive books by 37 artists will focus on temptations that
are ever enticing to humans.

Food has seductive associations with relationships, love, and sex.  Molly
Van Nice's book installation _Dinner with Mr. Dewey_ presents a lavish meal
of sculpted books, all classified according to the Dewey Decimal system.
Delicious-looking chocolate pastries represent the intellectual nourishment
provided by the act of reading.  Katherine Glover's book _Green Salad_ takes
the shape of a bowl of salad that had been prepared by the artist's lover,
which was then left untouched when romance intervened.  _Carrots Anyone?_ by
Susan Share lures the viewer with its inviting display of carrots, offering
the vegetable tidbits like a box of chocolates for a sweetheart.

The aesthetics and allure of preparing food are evident in still lifes such
as Patricia Tobacco Forrester’s brilliantly-colored _Hot Peppers_ and in
Elena Vidotto’s more reflective _Turnips_.  A fond food memory of poet Diane
Wakoski inspired artist Ellen Lanyon’s imaginative illustrations for the
book _Making a Sacher Tort_.  Lanyon's own illustrated recipes are also
represented in the exhibition.

The most famous forbidden pleasure, the apple, is explored alongside other
symbols from the Judeo-Christian tradition in several works, including
Lorraine Grace's canvas _Three Apples_.  Wewer Keohane's book-sculpture _It
Wasn't the Apple_ is a defense of the much-maligned fruit.  In Betty
Sweren's book _The Snake_ and Katherine Glover's book _Snake Skin_, the
seducer of Eve is the main focus of attention.

Darker temptations such as the desire to destroy and the lure of money are
also addressed in the exhibition. Sandra Jackman's book _On the Darkling
Plain_ was inspired by the 19th-century poem _Dover Beach_ by Matthew
Arnold.  The illustrations of fears and nightmares surrounding a panic
caused by an unexpected attack were created in 2000.  After the
September 11th, 2001 tragedy, the book carries even more power with its
pages that are burned, torn, and covered with ashes.  In _Selected_ by Vera
Khlebnikova the artist affixed Russian currency to the pages of her work.
It illustrates the power of money in Russian society and the desire to
quickly acquire material goods.

"Book As Art XIV: Temptations" is organized by the National Museum of Women
in the Arts, with funds provided by the Library Fellows.  Curator of the
exhibition is Krystyna Wasserman, director of the Library and Research
Center.  A color catalogue of the exhibition may be purchased in the
museum’s shop for $8.95. Public programs will be offered in conjunction with
the exhibition; call 202.783.7370 for further details.


About the Museum

          The National Museum of Women in the Arts, founded in 1981 and
opened in 1987, is the only museum dedicated solely to celebrating the
achievements of women in the visual, performing, and literary arts.  Its
permanent collection contains works by more than 800 artists, including
Judith Leyster, Maria Sibylla Merian, Mary Cassatt, Camille Claudel, Georgia
O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Elizabeth Catlett, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler,
and Louise Bourgeois.  The museum also conducts multidisciplinary programs
for diverse audiences, maintains a Library and Research Center, publishes a
quarterly magazine, and has organized
28 state committees.  Nearly 120,000 people visit the museum each year,
including thousands of young people who come with schools and scouting
groups. NMWA’s national membership of more than 35,000 is among the top ten
percent of museum memberships nationwide.  The museum is located at 1250 New
York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, in a landmark building near the White
House.  It is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5 p.m.
  For information call 202.783.5000 or visit the museum’s website,
www.nmwa.org.




Sharon M. Wasserman
Deputy Director of the Library and Research Center
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
202-266-2806
swasserman@nmwa.org
sharonmillman@hotmail.com






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