Elsewhere: Maren Hassinger and Howardena Pindell

The Spirit of Things at Art + Practice & What Remains to Be Seen at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Maren Hassinger
Diaries (detail), 1978
Courtesy the artist
Photo: Adam Avila

Howardena Pindell
Untitled #5B (Krakatoa), 2007
Courtesy Garth Greenan Gallery, New York
Photo: courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

Maren Hassinger: The Spirit of Things
February 23–May 26, 2018
Art + Practice
Los Angeles, CA

Maren Hassinger’s solo exhibition at Art + Practice features sculpture, performance documentation, and video that explore the underlying emotional forces generated by communities interacting with their environment. Much of Hassinger’s work explores the relationship between people, environment, and industry. This retrospective builds on that, presenting familiar materials in her sculptures such as rope, newspapers, and plastic bags that bring to the forefront how we view materials found in contexts considered spoiled or marginal. The exhibition also highlights her performance art and video works, addressing aspects of identity, race, and gender—at times incorporating experiences with her own family.

Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen
February 24–May 20, 2018
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Chicago, IL

Spanning five decades of Howardena Pindell’s career, Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen showcases works by Pindell both before and after a life-threatening car accident. The first major survey of the artist’s work features paintings that weave together Pindell’s meticulous labor, visual experimentation, and her move beyond conventional forms. In 1979, a car accident left Pindell with short-term amnesia. Using postcards from her life before the accident, Pindell employed her art to help rebuild her memories—her painting turned from the figurative toward the abstract, and eventually focused more on her political beliefs. What Remains to Be Seen features works in a variety of media that Pindell has used to investigate her place in the world.