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Michiko Itatani: Infinite Hope/High-Point Contact

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September 17, 2022 – April 1, 2023

 

Enigmatic and breathtaking, Michiko Itatani’s large-scale paintings draw the viewer in with gravitational pull.  This new exhibition showcases works from two of her series: High-Point Contact and Infinite Hope. The earlier of the two, High-Point Contact is comprised of paintings created in the 1990’s channeling Itatani’s questions over the place of human existence within the larger universe. The series’ title refers to the touching of two elements, indicating her feeling that human contact is essential to understanding the meaning of our existence. Infinite Hope follows this same thread, placing the viewer in fantastical and cosmic versions of buildings and monuments to human knowledge, like libraries, to nestle our species within the greater cosmosphere. This expansive exhibition is dramatic in scale and welcomes visitors to share in Itatani’s optimism for humanity.

 

Michiko Itatani (Japanese-American, b.1948), Untitled from High-Point Contact, 1990, oil on canvas, 120 x 234 inches, gift of Lois Katz, 2002.3
Michiko Itatani (Japanese-American, b.1948), Cosmic Returning from Quantum Chandelier 21-B-01, 2021, oil on canvas, 78 x 96 inches, courtesy of the artist

 

Images: 

Michiko Itatani (Japanese-American, b.1948), Untitled from High-Point Contact, 1990, oil on canvas, 120 x 234 inches, gift of Lois Katz, 2002.3

Michiko Itatani (Japanese-American, b.1948), Cosmic Returning from Quantum Chandelier 21-B-01, 2021, oil on canvas, 78 x 96 inches, courtesy of the artist

 

Funded through the generosity of the Patricia R. Guthrie Special Exhibitions Gallery, the Susan Moldenhauer FUNd for Contemporary Art, the Ron and Patti Salvagio Endowment for Art Museum Programs, and Genesis Alkali

 

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